Adriano returns to Flamengo training

The ex-Roma striker pledges to continue his recovery at the Brazilian club, after concerns were raised about his commitment to football and the club
Flamengo striker Adriano has decided to continue playing professional football, after the former Brazil international failed to report to a training session, which earned him a second official warning from the club on Monday.

After his initial warning, Adriano spoke apologetically to fans at a press conference and promised that he would not make the same mistakes again, whilst also implying that he would end his contract if he was to do so.

The 30-year-old has not played football for six months, after undergoing surgery on his left achilles that has left him requiring physical conditioning. He is also taking part in psychological treatment, upon the request of the club, as he attempts to revive his career.

After a spate of various off-field problems, the powerful forward is said to be in limbo over the decision of whether to call an end to his footballing endeavours, with the club's sporting director stating that the troubled player will not return to the first team until he is physically and mentally ready.

"I am concerned first for the man, because I do not know what could happen with Adriano in the case that he quit playing football. After that, of course, I would like the see Adriano playing for Flamengo again," admitted club director Zinho, speaking to ESPN Brazil.