Zlatan Ibrahimović may be back in action for Manchester United by as early as November after an excellent response to rehabilitation, according to The Independent.
The Swede’s extended stay at the club was confirmed at the end of the transfer window, after his future had been uncertain due to a cruciate knee ligament injury in April, a potentially career-ending injury.
Yet his recovery has been remarkable, particularly given his age, and he’s set to return well ahead of schedule, with initial targets having suggested the beginning of 2018.
Ibrahimović missed Man United’s victory in the UEFA Europa League final in his home country of Sweden, and will now come back as at least second choice striker to £75m summer signing Romelu Lukaku.
The 35-year-old hasn’t been missed yet on the pitch, though his off pitch flair certainly has, thanks to an incredible start to the season by Lukaku, who has netted six times in six games.
United included Ibrahimović in their Premier League 25-man squad in case his recovery proved quicker than first thought, and Mourinho will be thankful he did so.
Had the charismatic Swede not been in the squad list submitted at the end of August, United would have to wait until January to use him in the league.
United fans will be delighted to welcome their ‘Swedish hero’ who, though frustrating at times last season, dragged United to victory on a number of occasions and never failed to provide glorious eccentricity and arrogance.