Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone a successful surgery to his knee. The 35-year-old will make a full recovery and his injury is not career-ending, according to agent Mino Raiola.
Ibrahimovic has gone under the knife in the United States to repair ligament damage. The former Sweden international suffered the injury during a Europa League clash against Anderlecht last month, sparking fears it could be career-ending.
“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, M.D., and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh,” Raiola said in a statement, as reported by ESPN.
“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.”
Ibrahimovic future uncertain at Manchester United
Ibrahimovic is expected to be out for the rest of the year. His future at Old Trafford hangs in the balance, with his contract expiring in the summer.
The tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament means the Swedish star faces up to nine months on the sidelines. It is yet to be confirmed whether Ibrahimovic will remain with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United once the current season is over.
Ibrahimovic sensational in his first season in England
The striker signed a one-year deal with the club last summer after leaving French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), with the option of a further one-year extension. Despite his age, Ibrahimovic has been a standout in his first season at United. He has scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils to silence his critics.
Despite playing no further part in United’s season Ibrahimovic remains the club’s leading goalscorer. United sit fifth in the Premier League and are in the semi-finals of the Europa League, facing Celta Vigo in their last-four tie starting Thursday.
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