Orlando City announced Monday that Kaka will miss six weeks of action with a grade 1-2 left hamstring strain.
The injury occured in the eighth minute of Orlando's 2017 season opener against New York City FC on Sunday. The 34-year-old former Ballon d'Or winner tried to continue but was ultimately replaced by Giles Barnes in the 11th minute of the match, which Orlando went on to win 1-0.
Sunday's match was the first held at the new 25,500-capacity Orlando City Stadium.
“I am very, very disappointed for [Kaká]. He’s worked extremely hard in the offseason and hard in the preseason,” Orlando head coach Jason Kreis said. “This could’ve been a huge night for him. I think everyone could see the energy he was already putting into the game in those 11 minutes. I thought this was going to be a special night for him. Deeply disappointed for him but the team moved on, and that’s a positive thing.”
Kaka, Orlando's captain, has scored 18 goals and added 17 assists in 53 appearances for the Lions.