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Injured Kaka to miss Brazil friendly

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  • World player of the year Kaka to miss Brazil's friendly against Rep. of Ireland
  • Kaka's fellow AC Milan star Pato has also been ruled out by injury
  • Diego and Bobo are drafted in as replacements by coach Dunga
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LONDON, England -- World player of the year Kaka will miss Brazil's friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday after pulling out of the squad with a knee injury.

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AC Milan star Kaka will sit out Brazil's friendly in Dublin on Wednesday.

The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed Kaka and AC Milan teammate Alexandre Pato (ankle) will miss the friendly at Croke Park after picking injuries while playing for their club.

Brazil coach Dunga has called up Werder Bremen's Diego and Besiktas striker Bobo to replace the AC Milan pair.

Pato injured ankle ligaments in Milan's 1-0 win at Fiorentina on Sunday and coach Carl Ancelotti said the teenage star could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Kaka was substituted before the end of the Serie A match but his injury is thought to be less serious.

Dunga drafted in Werder Bremen defender Naldo as a replacement for injured Bayern Munich centre-back Lucio on Sunday.

Republic of Ireland caretaker manager Don Givens is hoping Bolton defender Andy O'Brien will reconsider his decision to quit international football.

O'Brien was named in the squad for the prestige game against Brazil but did not turn up on Monday when Givens called up Ipswich's Alex Bruce as replacement.

Blackburn's Steven Reid is an injury doubt with a knee problem, but Tottenham striker Robbie Keane will be fit.

The Football Association of Ireland hope to rubber-stamp a new manager in the aftermath of the Brazil fixture with Italian veteran Giovanni Trapattoni favorite for the post.

Trapattoni, currently in charge of Austrian club Salzburg, has also coached Italy, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Fiorentina, Juventus, Bayern Munich and Benfica. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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