Adriano will not be fully fit for the start of Corinthians’ Copa Libertadores campaign, according to the club’s fitness coach.
The 29-year-old has failed to keep himself in shape during the off-season and is not expected to be back in peak physical condition in time for his club’s meeting with Deportivo Tachira on February 15.
“If he engages himself, I think that he can improve and evolve rapidly,” fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian is quoted as saying by Globoesporte. “But I cannot give a fixed date.
“The human body is not an exact science. If he does not have any problems, I believe that in two or three months he can be back playing well again.
“But we must wait and see how the player performs in the pre-season.”
Corinthians sporting director Edu insists, though, that Adriano did not overdo it during the festive period and that the club are not perturbed by reports suggesting otherwise.
“There was one training program for all of the players [during the off-season],” the former Arsenal midfielder said.
“Whether they followed it or not, they were on holiday, they could do as they please.
“If he [Adriano] followed it, it would have showed professionalism. But I don’t know if he followed it.
“It is clear that he enjoyed the holidays. But he has come back in the same condition that he left and has not gained weight. He is very motivated.”
Adriano only made four appearances for Corinthians in the 2011 Brasileirao after an injury-interrupted campaign but he signed a one-year contract extension with the club in December.