The dream of Kaka, 34, to compete for the first time in a Copa America has come to an end when it was announced on Wednesday that he suffered a hamstring injury two days before the start of the tournament.
The information was confirmed Wednesday by Gilmar Rinaldi, national teams coordinator of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) at a press conference held at the Carson stadium in suburban Los Angeles.
"Kaka has had discomfort in training and had an MRI, that showed a small problem. Doctors indicate between 15 and 20 days he will need to recover," said Rinaldi.
"I spoke with the president of (club) Sao Paulo and Ganso will be called up. We are waiting for CONMEBOL to authorize the chang," said Rinaldi.
Rinaldi said that Paulo Henrique Ganso will travel to Los Angeles as soon as he gets the approval of the Medical Committee of the event.
Brazil opens their campaign on Saturday against Ecuador.
Kaka had been called up to replace Douglas Costa who is also injured.