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Kaka to miss six weeks with hamstring injury

23:46 EAT 06/03/2017
Kaka Orlando City
The Brazilian superstar was forced to exit Orlando City's 2017 MLS season opener in the 11th minute on Sunday.

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.

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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.