Adriano damages Achilles tendon, needs surgery

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SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) -- Former Inter Milan and AS Roma striker Adriano, who had hoped to make his Corinthians debut next month, will be out for five months after suffering an Achilles tendon injury, the club said on Tuesday.

"The player was examined by the club's medical department who confirmed the need for surgery, which will be carried out on Wednesday," Corinthians said on its website.

Adriano, hoping to reclaim a place in the Brazil team, resumed training last week after his return to Brazil from Italy early last month following a disappointing, injury-plagued season in which he failed to score a goal.

The injury to his left leg during training is yet another blow for the 29-year-old, who had only just recovered from a shoulder injury. He signed for Corinthians until June 2012.

This is his second return home after leaving Inter prematurely in 2009 to help Flamengo win the Brazilian championship that year.