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YOKOHAMA - An injury-plagued Ronaldo is looking increasingly doubtful for AC Milan's Club World Cup campaign in Japan, but his teammates are trying to keep his spirits up, fellow Brazilian ace Kaka says.
The 31-year-old has missed every training session with the squad since the European Champions League winners arrived Thursday, a week before their first match in the yearly tournament of continental champions.
"What annoys him is that since he does not play he feels he's a bit out of the squad," Kaka said on Milan's website.
"It's for this reason that in this training camp in Japan we talk to him a lot, because we want him to feel inside [part of] the team."
Ronaldo has featured in just one match this season, when he started against Cagliari two weeks ago on his return from a thigh injury - only to pick up a knock to his left calf.
"Now we don't know how long he will be out for, even though we did not lose our hopes in seeing him on the pitch in this World Cup, but when we talk to him, and we often do, we never talk about injuries," said 25-year-old playmaker Kaka.
Milan will face either Asian champions Urawa Reds of Japan or runners-up Sepahan of Iran in the semifinals on Thursday at the Yokohama stadium. Urawa and Sepahan clash at Toyota today. Milan and Boca Juniors of Argentina, who beat the Italian side in the 2003 Intercontinental Cup final, are taking a bye into the semifinals.
Milan's possible showdown with Boca is being widely labelled as a chance to take revenge, but it's not a sentiment Kaka shares.
The Intercontinental Cup, a yearly blue-ribbon clash between the champions of Europe and South America, was merged into the Club World Cup in 2005. - Sapa-AP