Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the comeback trail…
The cult hero suffered damage to his knee ligament in the Europa League quarter-final for Manchester United against Anderlecht back in April.
The injury sustained was expected at the time to rule him out of action until 2018. Given his age of 35, credible fears were apparent that the injury heralded the end of his career at the top level that Ibrahimovic demands.
Set to be banished to the footballing wilderness in the summer, the Swede then had his contract extended by Manchester United for a further twelve months, though his spot atop United’s attack had been claimed by new arrival Romelu Lukaku.
Determined to claim silverware one last time, the physically gifted striker set about a gruelling rehab regime.
Now according to ‘club insiders’ via The Sun, Ibrahimovic could return to full training by the end of this month.
As Phil Thomas states:
“Club insiders reckon his physical condition is about 80 percent of his maximum.
“And there is a growing belief that — barring any setbacks — he will be able to resume physical contact work over the next couple of weeks.”
That news would likely represent a massive coup for both parties, although doubt does reign as to whether Ibrahimovic’s return would help or hinder United.
Though Zlatan plundered 28 goals in all competitions last season, United have fared far better overall in the scoring department this time around, with Lukaku seemingly suiting the United system better than his teammate. If Ibrahimovic is content to play second-fiddle to the Belgian in recognition that he will lead the United line for years to come, the former Barcelona star would provide priceless guidance and cover for Lukaku, who may yet fall foul of injury or fatigue.