Manchester United are confident that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will recover from his cruciate knee ligament injury in time to help his side during a busy December period, according to reports.
The 35-year-old, who claimed 28 goals during his first season in England, suffered considerable damage to his ACL during United’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht back in April and was soon released from the club in June before being resigned on a one year deal last week, noting in true Zlatan style that he came back to finish what he started.
Jose Mourinho recently noted that the Swede would not participate in the group phase of United’s Champions League campaign, pointing towards a return in January. But Zlatan has impressed physiotherapists and medics at Carrington with the speed of his recovery process and incessant commitment to strengthening his knee. Dr Freddie Fu, who carried out the striker’s operation, noted that he would want Zlatan to return to Pittsburgh for further study after expressing surprise at how somebody with over 700 top flight games over such an extended period would have knees in such “superb” condition. The tendons in his right knee, for instance, are thought to be around three times the normal side.
And according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, United are hopeful of seeing the striker return to action in time for a busy ten day period comprising of clashes with Leicester, Burnley, Southampton and Everton.