Zlatan to return in nine months after successful knee surgery


Zlatan to return in nine months after successful knee surgery

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone knee surgery and although he looks set to miss nine months of football, his agent, Mino Riola has assured that he will return following rehabilitation.

35-year-old Ibrahimovic damaged his anterior cruciate ligament after his knee bent unnaturally backwards upon landing in the dying stages of the Europa League match against Anderlecht.

The Swede later posted a message on twitter, assuring fans of his intention to return to football. 

Riola said earlier: “Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery and has not suffered a career-ending injury.

“The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, MD, and Volker Musahl, MD, of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh.

“Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl throughout his recovery.

“Zlatan and the medical team are not available for interviews at this time. Additional updates will follow at a later date.”

Should Ibrahimovic return to football, he would write one of football’s most inspirational stories. The Swede has played for a number of big clubs in Europe and has managed to produce the goods on every single occasion – winning trophies and scoring goals.

Even at 35, Ibrahimovic turned into an integral cog for Manchester United in his first season, scoring 28 goals in 46 matches. It is not yet known whether the club would take advantage of the one-year extension clause in the player’s contract.

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# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 30 65 81
2 Manchester United FC 30 35 65
3 Liverpool FC 31 39 63
4 Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 34 61
5 Chelsea FC 30 25 56
6 Arsenal FC 30 14 48
7 Burnley FC 30 1 43
8 Leicester City FC 30 2 40
9 Everton FC 31 -13 40
10 AFC Bournemouth 31 -12 36
11 Watford FC 31 -16 36
12 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -12 34
13 Newcastle United FC 30 -10 32
14 Swansea City FC 30 -17 31
15 Huddersfield Town 31 -27 31
16 Crystal Palace FC 31 -18 30
17 West Ham United FC 30 -21 30
18 Southampton FC 30 -15 28
19 Stoke City FC 31 -29 27
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 31 -25 20