The 26-year-old midfielder finally departed Old Trafford this week, agreeing a return to Brazil after seven-and-a-half years in England.
He signed a four-year deal with Internacional having passed a medical, although it now appears as if the consistent problems that plagued him in Manchester have continued in his homeland. Constantly derided for his fitness, work ethic and lack of application, a report in UOL Football has claimed that Anderson will not be able to make his debut in the immediate future due to a lack of ‘physical conditioning’.
It is projected that he will be training alone for the next few weeks to ensure that he is 100% fit for a Copa Libertadores towards the end of this month. Head coach Diego Aguirre addressed Anderson’s training regime, and he felt confident that 10 days should be the maximum time before the midfielder is available.
Aguirre said: “With Anderson, we will see the level that is displayed. It gives us different options - he can play in the middle with the other three. He's still training alone, but he will help the team. He is here for one week, 10 days.”
Considering the majority of Anderson’s Manchester United career was dominated by endless complaints about his fitness, there is no surprise that his career back in Brazil has started in the same manner. However, he still has a wealth of talent, and, if he can find a level of consistency in his homeland, there is no doubt that he will become a star player for Internacional.