Kaka looks set to start for Brazil against Iraq

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SAO PAULO (AP) -Kaka looks set to be picked by Brazil for the friendly against Iraq on Thursday, in what would mark his return to the national team for the first time since the 2010 World Cup.

The Real Madrid midfielder practiced among the usual starters Tuesday, playing alongside playmaker Oscar and strikers Hulk and Neymar ahead of the match in Sweden.

Coach Mano Menezes has hinted that Kaka would get a chance in midfield, even though Chelsea's Oscar has recently taken over as the team's playmaker.

Kaka was picked for some friendlies last year, but was ruled out due to injuries. His last game was Brazil's elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Menezes also used Adriano to replace Daniel Alves, who dropped out from the squad because of a left thigh injury.

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