Kaka omitted for Osasuna clash

MADRID - Real Madrid's Brazilian playmaker Kaka has shaken off a groin problem but has not been included in the squad for Sunday's La Liga match at Osasuna as a precaution, coach Manuel Pellegrini said on Saturday.

"He (Kaka) trained as normal this week but he's still not ready to return," Pellegrini said at a news conference. "He is over the injury."

Striker Ruud van Nistelrooy and midfielder Guti would hopefully be back in training from Wednesday after injuries, the Chilean added.

Second-placed Real are two points behind leaders Barcelona, who host Villarreal later on Saturday.