Adriano trains with Flamengo, fit in two weeks
Adriano took his first touches of a football as a Flamengo player once more on Saturday, taking part in a practice kick-around at the club's Gavea training centre.
Adriano, 30, officially joined the Rubro-Negro last month, but has been unable to train due to his recovery from knee surgery earlier this year.
Flamengo's vice president of public relations, Walter Oaquim, though, believes that the powerful striker could be ready to play in as little as two weeks time.
"I spoke with Adriano and he said he will be in the right condition to play in two weeks. He will start to train with the ball this coming week," Oaquim told Globo Esporte.
The Emperor was welcomed by a group of fans at the training complex who fondly remember his previous loan-spell at the club.
However, Adriano is battling against a general perception that he is no longer the force he once was, after battles with injury and personal demons.