Brazilian star back

Real boost as Kaka returns to training

December 18, 2010
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Real Madrid have been boosted by the news that Brazilian star Kaka is back in training.

Kaka is back in training with Real Madrid
APKaka is back in training with Real Madrid

Kaka has been out of action since the World Cup with a knee injury but took part in a full training session with his Real team mates on Saturday.

Real boss Jose Mourinho has described the return of the playmaker as like a new signing, given that he hasn't been able to call upon the 28-year-old during his short tenure at the Bernabeu.

He told the club's website: "Kaka was very excited to be training with the team again. We want him to continue to work with his team-mates until Wednesday.

"We want him to train with the squad more often after the holidays in order to be able to play, or at least be benched, by mid-January."

Mourinho has a few selection headaches ahead of visit of Sevilla on Sunday, but he confirmed that defender Sergio Ramos would start despite picking up a knee injury last time out.

"The medical staff knew we lacked men and that getting at least one out of the infirmary would be important to us. Sergio Ramos is ready and he wants to play, so he will," he said.

"He'll have time to recover in the holidays if he happens to experience some problems during the match. He did everything he could to play again, as befits a true captain and team worker.

"Arbeloa will be a starter. He always does well in any position and he is a great player on this squad. He is performing brilliantly. Players earn a starting position by doing a good job in training and by playing games."

Mourinho also scorched rumours in the Spanish press that Cristiano Ronaldo and Iker Casillas have a strained relationship.

He said: "Rumours concerning the relationship between Cristiano and Casillas are made up in order to sell newspapers when there are no real interesting news.

"Some news that are made up, such as false signings, are much less detrimental to the image of players. That's all it is. There are no problems on my squad. We don't want to play this game, but I do have to say me have no internal strife whatsoever."