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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic injury update confirms he is planning to make a return to the game

Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets treatment after injuring his knee
Manchester United's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic gets treatment after injuring his knee
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has confirmed that the Manchester United striker has undergone a successful operation to repair damaged knee ligaments and intends to continue his playing career.

Ibrahimovic suffered serious knee damage in United's Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht last month, sparking rumours that the 35-year-old may have play the last game of his trophy laden career.

Yet Ibrahimovic is optimistic of making a return at some point in 2018, with Raiola offering up this positive review of his condition following surgery in America last week.

"Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery," stated Raiola in a statement. "He will make a full recovery and has not suffered a career ending injury.

"The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, M.D. and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine programme in Pittsburgh.

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

United manager Jose Mourinho has yet to confirm whether his club will still persist in trying to persuade Ibrahimovic to sign a new contract with the Old Trafford club, even though he will  miss a large part of next season due to injury.

Mourinho has confirmed that his transfer plans have been changed by Ibrahimovic's injury and a move to America's MLS may now seem more likely, with LA Galaxy among the clubs trying to sign the Swedish superstar.

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