Adriano risks Mourinho wrath again

ROME - Brazil forward Adriano could face the wrath of Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho after another late return to the Serie A leaders from international duty this week.

"Adriano has not returned," read the club website on Friday following media reports he had missed his flight from his homeland.

The powerful striker, an unused substitute in Brazil's 3-0 win over Peru and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers, is likely to be fined and dropped from Inter's squad for Sunday's visit to Udinese, media reported.

The 27-year-old had edged back in Mourinho's good books after returning late from the winter break having irritated the coach with a perceived lack of commitment earlier in the season.

The affair is likely to increase speculation about the player's long-term future after Adriano said this week he would decide at the end of the season whether to extend his contract with the Italian champions, which runs until June 2010.

A late return from Brazil was among the incidents of indiscipline that led to friction between Adriano and Mourinho's predecessor Roberto Mancini.