Adriano dropped by Flamengo after missing practice

Updated: Mar 07, 2010, 15:17 PM IST

Sao Paulo: Brazil striker Adriano, who has a history of off-field problems, missed Flamengo`s practice and will not play in their next two matches, an official of the Rio club said.

"Adriano has a personal problem. He`s going to resolve that problem by Sunday and then train hard all week to recover his form," Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz told Brazilian television on Friday night.

"Adriano`s problems are notorious and well known," added Braz without saying why the player, who had a drinking problem during his time at Inter Milan, had missed Friday`s practice.

Adriano, who almost quit football a year ago over his personal problems in Italy, had been due to return to Flamengo on Friday after playing for Brazil in Tuesday`s World Cup warm-up against Ireland in London.

However, he did not turn up and was dropped for Saturday`s Carioca championship game against Resende and Wednesday`s Libertadores Cup match away to FC Caracas.

Adriano helped Flamengo to win the Brazilian league title last year.

Bureau Report