Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to first team action at Manchester United by November after showing superb signs of progress during his rehabilitation process at Carrington, according to reports.
The Swede has been consigned to the gym since April after suffering damage to the meniscus and cruciate in his right knee during a 2-1 win over Anderlecht in the Europa League. He was initially released from the club in June but continued to spend the majority of his rehabilitation under close observation at the club’s Aon training complex, prompting rumours of a new deal being just around the corner.
And he was duly handed another one year deal last month, with the 35-year-old noting he had unfinished business at Old Trafford after having such a superb debut season – during which he claimed 28 goals – cruelly cut short. He will wear the No.10 shirt and reports have claimed that he could return ahead of schedule, but neither Zlatan or Jose Mourinho have volunteered to offer an exact return date. His agent, Mino Raiola, recently claimed supporters would have to wait until January (the expected return date for any ACL victim) before seeing Ibrahimovic return to action.
But according to the Independent’s Miguel Delaney, the striker has made incredible progress regaining strength in his legs and could return to action ahead of a busy December period comprising of games against Arsenal, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton.