Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is reportedly ready to accelerate his return from the horrific knee injury by returning to the club’s training ground by the end of October.
Ibrahimovic suffered a terrible knee injury, wherein he ruptured his cruciate ligament in the Red Devils’ Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht back in April. Considering the severity of the injury, the forward was released by United in July, but was handed a new one-year contract in August due to his speedy recovery.
And now, as reported by ESPN, the 36-year-old is expected to make a return to United’s Carrington Training Complex on a daily basis by the end of this month, so as to complete the final phase of his recovery under the supervision of the Red Devils’ medical team.
It was previously reported that the Swedish star had been occasionally spotted using the facilities at the complex following his knee operation in the United States in May. The striker was most recently seen in the gym on Thursday with former United forward, Andy Cole.
However, manager Jose Mourinho still believes that Ibrahimovic won’t be ready until the new year, despite naming the Sweden international in his squad for the Champions League group stage.
Back in August, Mourinho had stated: “He will not be ready for the group phase of the Champions League. I don’t think there will be any chance of that. I’m not thinking with Zlatan to play any part in the group phase. Hopefully, he can play in the knockout phase but, for that, we need to finish in the top two.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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