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February 26, 2009

UEFA Cup: Ronaldinho Gaucho and Ricardo Kaka to miss match with Werder Bremen

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In a surprising note, international media assure that AC Milan will miss playmakers Ronaldinho and Kaka for the crucial game against Werder Bremen in the UEFA Cup.

In fact, coach Carlo Ancelotti's squad was posted on the Milan official website and did not include the pair of Brazilians, who are both listed as injured. The duo are both suffering from muscular injuries and they will not be available on Thursday evening. The tactician had previously stated that he hoped that they would recover in time, but unfortunately for the Milan squad this has not been the case.

But there is more: long-term injury absentees Alessandro Nesta and Gennaro Gattuso will certainly miss out as well. However, Alexandre Pato and Andriy Shevchenko have both returned to fitness and could start the game at the San Siro.

Indeed, the first-leg ended in a 1-1 draw with Filippo Inzaghi opening the scoring and Werder attacking midfielder Diego claiming a late equaliser.

AC Milan, indeed, have fallen 11 points behind Inter in the Scudetto race and have been knocked out of the Coppa Italia. The UEFA Cup is therefore their last opportunity for earning a title this season.

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