Doctor says Kaka put career at risk at World Cup

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 00:12 AM IST

Madrid: The doctor who performed surgery on Kaka’s knee says the Real Madrid forward put his career at risk by playing for Brazil at the World Cup.

Dr Marc Martens, who performed the arthroscopic surgery on Kaka’s left knee, says the forward played through the pain in South Africa with a nagging injury that soon became “unbearably painful”.

Martens told Spanish newspaper Marca that Kaka said he was in pain during knockout stage matches against Chile and the Netherlands.

Kaka’s career could have been over if not for the timely operation yesterday, according to Martens.

A routine preseason check by Madrid doctors discovered the problem, which will sideline Kaka for three to four months.

Bureau Report