Real Madrid’s Kaka has spoken of his delight at making a return to action following six months on the sidelines.
The former Milan playmaker underwent surgery last year after experiencing discomfort in his knee in the club’s pre-season training in Los Angeles.
The 28-year-old is now available for selection and made his return off the bench against Getafe.
Kaka is just pleased to be playing again after a lengthy spell on the sidelines and he accepts he has a battle on his hands to win a place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI.
“Over the past six months I’ve seen my recovery in stages. Now I’m happy to be back,” he commented.
“My aim is to return to my highest level as a footballer. I want the fans to see the best version of Kaka.
“That’s not been possible since I arrived in Spain. My challenge is taking it one game at a time.
“After that I’ll fight to get in the starting XI, but that’s not easy. The competition for places in Real Madrid’s squad is terrific.
“Injuries demonstrate a person’s character. After this experience I’m more determined to succeed.”