Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to full-time training at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground at the end of October, according to ESPN FC.
Ibrahimovic underwent a knee operation after a serious ligament injury suffered in April’s UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Anderlecht.
After surgery in May, Ibrahimovic has occasionally used Carrington. However, he will be back at the Aon Training Complex on a daily basis from the start of November to be guided towards a full recovery by United’s medical team.
Ibrahimovic, many thought, would join a Major League Soccer side to prolong his career in a more relaxed fashion following that serious injury.
Yet Jose Mourinho wanted to keep the Swede, and the feeling was mutual, with Ibrahimovic signing a new one-year deal to stay at Old Trafford in August.
Initial expectations after the injury assumed the 36-year-old wouldn’t return to action until 2018, but his recovery has gone well, leading Mourinho to include him in the squad for the UEFA Champions League group stages.
Some have suggested he could be back by mid-November, despite Marcos Rojo, who also suffered ligament damage, not expected to be back before December.
However, United manager Mourinho has always claimed Ibrahimovic will only return for the Reds after the New Year.