Kaka testing fitness for Brazil World Cup Squad

19th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
Football World Cup News

Will the engine room and lynch pin of the Brazil World Cup squad, Kaka, be fit in time to take his rightful place in the starting eleven? The Real Madrid star sat out his club’s weekend match, and is now going to be examined for a hamstring problem. Kaka insists that his fitness for the World Cup is not in doubt, confident that the medical staff will not find any problems which will keep him out of the World Cup. With Germany losing their star midfielder, Chelsea’s Michael Ballack to injury, Brazil, who are second favourites in World Cup betting odds behind Spain, will hope for better news than the Germans. The prognosis for Ballack was that he would be ok, only to find out that he had to be ruled out of World Cup plans after injuring his ankle in the FA Cup final.

Kaka missed a big chunk of Real Madrid’s season through injury between March and April, in a season which has rarely seen him at the very best which he was producing with AC Milan. Kaka is being looked at by the staff in Sao Paolo, his former club, and from there he will go on to meet up with the Brazil World Cup squad at their training camp ahead of their World Cup Fixtures. Kaka is of course, one of the 23 man squad already announced by manager Dunga. There has been no messing around with provisional squads by Brazil, no putting players through a nervous few weeks over who will get selected from an initial 30 man squad. Dunga knows who he wants, but in case of injury, he does have seven players on stand by, including AC Milan star Ronaldinho, who failed to make the main cut.

Brazil start as clear favourites in Group G, as they line up in the Group of Death alongside Portugal, North Korea and the Ivory Coast. It is against North Korea who Brazil will open their account, and after winning the South American qualification zone, Brazil should be a major threat as always on the World stage. Dunga has instilled a more defensive, counter attacking style of play in the Brazilians, a move that has seen them disregard some of their old habits of neglecting defence. The best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup are aware of the threat Brazil carry, and that is why there are one of the two main frontrunners in World Cup odds. The attitude Brazil are exuding is one of pure confidence. With or without Kaka, their squad looks very well balanced, strong and now with Dunga at the helm, they are tactically aware, and will make a strong case for their sixth World Cup.


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