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Kaka says will be fully fit for finals

Real Madrid's Kaka celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Zaragoza during their Spanish first division soccer match at La Romareda stadium in Zaragoza April 24, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil playmaker Kaka shrugged off worries about his fitness and form after a difficult season for Real Madrid on Tuesday and said he would be 100 percent fit at the World Cup.

Kaka, who missed Sunday’s La Liga game at Malaga with a hamstring problem, said he would spend four days at Brazilian club Sao Paulo for physical reconditioning before Brazil assemble for a pre-World Cup training camp on Friday in Curitiba.

“I’m going to Sao Paulo to be evaluated, they will see my condition and that I won’t have any problems,” he told reporters.

“I will be 100 percent by the World Cup,” added Kaka who was also sidelined for six weeks in March and April.

He had a frustrating first season at Real Madrid, failing to find his best form while his team were knocked out in the last 16 of the Champions League and saw arch-rivals Barcelona walk off with the league title.

“It was a very difficult season which I had, but we have examples of players who were not in good form before the World Cup and ended up doing well, so I’m not worried,” he said.

Five-times champions Brazil face North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal in their first round group at the month-long World Cup finals, which start on June 11.

Reporting by Pedro Fonseca in Rio de Janeiro, writing by Brian Homewood in Zurich; Editing by Ken Ferris