Manchester United fans could reportedly see Zlatan Ibrahmovic back in action well before the end of 2017.
The Swedish striker has been out of action since picking up a long-term ACL injury in April, an injury that even saw him released by the club before later being offered terms on a new one-year deal to stay on for this season.
Ibrahimovic has been in strong rehabilitation as the season has gone on, and, according to Football365, could back into the first-team reckoning at Old Trafford at the end of next month before making his long-awaited comeback against Arsenal on December 2nd.
Zlatan’s doctor warned him earlier this week about the dangers of an early comeback, suggesting that the former PSG striker doesn’t play until the new year but adding that he will know himself when he is ready:
“I think when he’s ready, he’s ready.
“If that is after the New Year or whenever…I don’t think personally that he should play in December or so but we will see.
“The body is extraordinary. Who knows? Only he knows.”
Ibrahimovic enjoyed a stellar first season at Man United, scoring 28 goals and helping the side on their way to winning two trophies before his season was cut short before it could finish.
While the team were heavily reliant on the forward last season, that is not the case this year as their new £75m striker Romelu Lukaku has hist the ground running since he joined, which could make it very interesting when Zlatan returns to reclaim his old spot.
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