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Adriano already in trouble in comeback attempt

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 26, 2014 at 10:04 am •  Published: February 26, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Adriano is already attracting headlines for the wrong reasons as he tries to come back to football after nearly two years without playing.

Just two matches into his high-profile return, the former Brazil star is in the middle of a controversy for showing his disappointment after being asked to substitute in with his team losing 2-0 and only a few minutes left.

Adriano had been warming up for the entire second half, but he went into the match only in the 83rd minute, and after a brief stare at his coach.

The striker opened his arms when he was told to get in, visibly upset he didn't get an earlier chance. After the match, he sped through reporters without making any comments.

The 32-year-old Adriano was given a chance to play by Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense after a series of off-the-field problems and left Achilles surgery kept him sidelined and brought up retirement.

Adriano played less than 10 minutes in Atletico Paranaense's 1-0 win over The Strongest of Bolivia two weeks ago, which was his first time on the field since March 2012. He played a total of about 10 minutes again against Velez Sarsfield in Argentina on Tuesday, with his only significant chance being a header that sailed over the crossbar late in the Copa Libertadores match.

Atletico Paranaense coach Miguel Angel Portugal downplayed Adriano's disappointment.

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