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The 30-year-old striker will be out of action until the summer and has stated that his latest Achilles tendon problem has seen him think about giving up on his playing career

Former Inter and Roma forward Adriano has admitted he has considered retirement after his latest injury setback ruled him out for up to three months.

It was announced on Friday that the striker, who was recently released by Corinthians, will be out until the summer due to a troublesome Achilles tendon problem.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a move to Flamengo, but the club will monitor the player's injury before deciding whether to offer him a contract.

However, despite a deal appearing on the horizon, Adriano told reporters at a press conference that he has contemplated giving up on his career due to the knock.

"Right now I have to take it easy. I have talked with my family; my mother came to tell me to stop playing.  I said that it is not the time to stop. I have been out a long time. We must be sure; I will have the surgery and see how things are," he said.

"Today, my thinking is that I'll resume playing football but everything will depend on how [the recovery] will be this time. Otherwise, I'll have to think of another situation."

Adriano also used the press conference to talk about his hopes of signing for Flamengo and eventually return to the Brazil national team fold.

"I am 30 years old and I have much to give in football. My goal is to recover and maybe sign with Flamengo and then return to Selecao," he added.

Adriano has made 48 appearances for the national side, scoring 27 goals in the process.

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