Zinho pleased with Adriano but is not getting carried away just yet
Flamengo's Director of Football Zinho is pleased with the progress made by Adriano this week after the troubled star made a return to training with the Flamengo first team. However he told Globo Esporte that it is too early to get carried away.
Adriano, 30, found himself in trouble last weekend after once again missing training and reports on Monday had suggested that he was considering quitting the game, but the former Inter Milan striker made a decision to return to Flamengo and continue his career.
The club agreed to give the player another chance to resurrect his career providing he misses no more training sessions and agrees to see the club psychologist to help with his problems.
However, Zinho will not relax until he see's the player behaving like a true professional.
He said: "I'll be totally relaxed and comfortable with this situation when I see Adriano conduct himself like a normal athlete. Where he comes in and trains, concentrates and plays. He's doing well and it's going smoothly, but it's too early.”
The director also mentioned that the striker must lose weight and improve his conditioning before being considered for selection.
"You cannot just go into a game if you have any condition. You might not be 100%, but you have to be very good. Dorival [Flamengo coach] is very professional.
"Adriano will not get a game just because he is Adriano. He has to have a condition to at least be on the bench, playing 30, 20....I do not know how many minutes."