Adriano ruled out for five months

Brazilian striker Adriano has ruptured his left Achilles tendon and will need surgery that will sideline him for five months.

The former Inter Milan and Roma striker was hurt during a light practice session on Tuesday, and doctors scheduled surgery for Wednesday.

Adriano signed for Corinthians in March and had been recovering from a shoulder injury.

He was expected to make his debut with the Sao Paulo club in May at the start of the Brazilian league.

The 29-year-old striker played in the 2006 World Cup but missed last year’s tournament in South Africa despite leading Flamengo to the national league title the year before.