Real Madrid have confirmed that Brazilian ace Kaka will be sidelined for at least three months after undergoing surgery on an injury to his left knee.
The 28-year-old forward struggled for fitness at the World Cup finals earlier this summer and reported a problem during training with Real on Wednesday.
A club statement confirmed: "After arriving at pre-season camp in Los Angeles and while undergoing the pertinent medical prior to training with the team, Kaka mentioned discomfort in his left knee.
"Upon further review and after several complementary tests, it is suspected that there may be an injury to the meniscus.
"Arthroscopic surgery confirmed an injury to the left meniscus with minimal inflammation of the cartilage. The player is expected to miss three to four months."
Blackburn Rovers have handed Steven N'Zonzi a new five-year deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2015.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who joined from Amiens last June, picked up the player of the year award in his debut season in the Premier League.
Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has dropped a huge hint that he is considering leaving the club before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.
The 26-year-old Togo international only joined the Citizens a year ago from Arsenal, but says that he fears becoming a back-up player at Eastlands, despite scoring 14 goals in 31 appearances last term.
England coach Martin Johnson has been dealt a blow after it was confirmed Jonny Wilkinson would be unavailable for the team training camp at Twickenham next week.
The fly-half will not be released by his Top 14 team Toulon as the break doesn't fall inside an international window.
In cricket, Hampshire have completed the signing of Australia opening batsman Phillip Hughes until the end of the County Championship season.
The left-hander could make his debut against Lancashire when the two sides meet at the end of the month in Liverpool.
Super League strugglers Salford City Reds have completed the signings of Chris Nero and Vinnie Anderson for next season.
The strugglers have brought Nero to The Willows on a three-year deal after he rejected a new deal with Bradford Bulls, while Anderson, who has agreed a two-year contract, will join from Warrington Wolves.
Bradford Bulls forward Jamie Langley has ended speculation on his future by penning a new three-year contract at the Super League outfit.