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Robinho laments Kaka absence

4 October 2013 11:23

Milan forward Robinho believes that the absence of team-mate Kaka has affected the Serie A side's start to the season.

Massimiliano Allegri's men sit ninth in the table after six games, with the Brazilian Kaka suffering from a thigh problem.

He has added to a lengthy injury list that has already deprived the club of the services of the likes of captain Riccardo Montolivo (muscle strain) and Stephan El Shaarawy (foot).

And Robinho believes that Milan could have enjoyed a better start to their campaign had his countryman remained injury free following his switch from Real Madrid in September.

"Kaka is a personal friend to me. He's a great player, I hope he can come back as soon as possible," Robinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We miss his quality so much, he is a decisive player."

Milan face champions Juventus on Sunday but will also have to do so without striker Mario Balotelli due to suspension after his red card in the defeat to Napoli last month.

The Italian has three goals and two assists to his name in Serie A already this season and Robinho has hailed the striker's form.

"He is a champion, (he) makes all the difference," the Brazilian said.

"His personality on the field is very strong, very special."

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Serie A table

# Team MP D P
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0

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