Jose Mourinho opens up about when Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to full fitness at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make a return to full fitness from his knee injury by January.

The Swede underwent surgery back in April after he tore his meniscus and cruciate ligament in his knee during a 2-1 win over Anderlecht.

Speaking soon after signing a new one year deal with Manchester United on Thursday, Ibrahimovic refused to set an exact date on when he would return to action.

But Mourinho noted soon after his side’s 2-0 win over Leicester City that he expected to see the 35-year-old return to the side by January.

“January? I think when the market opens and some teams go and spend money to make their team better we don’t spend money we just have one player that last season was fundamental for us and this season we are waiting for him because we know his motivation and we know that he comes with a team spirit and group spirit to try to give us extra quality for the second part of the season.”

There is no way to really determine how quickly Zlatan returns to action. As the man himself said, he will return when he is ready. This is the right attitude. Injuries like these require a broad scope and patience. You have to work every day to secure your fitness. If anything, the whole ordeal is more strenuous than playing every week.

But make no mistake: Zlatan, whenever he comes back, will be a truly unique trump card that nobody in the Premier League can match. Everybody else will delve into the murky January transfer market to improve their side, while Mourinho just happens to have one of the best strikers of our generation waiting to be unleashed.

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