Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s agent Mino Raiola has confirmed that the Swede will return for action at Manchester United in January.
The 35-year-old suffered severe damage to his right knee during Man United’s 2-1 win over Anderlecht in April and was handed a new one year deal at the club last month.
Some reports have claimed that Zlatan, who has been spending the majority of his rehabilitation process at Carrington, could return in time for a busy December period.
But Raiola, speaking to Italian media outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport, claimed he expected his client
“It’s fine, everything goes on to the best,” he said.
“It’s about a possible return to the field in January, but we know that can not anticipate it. We just have to wait for it, for sure it is very good.”
And when asked whether he ever considered brokering a move to Italy over the summer, he responded: “No, I’m honest.
“The line has not changed because we have decided to respect the initial project with Manchester United.”
Supporters will be desperate to see Zlatan return in time for a busy late December period comprising of five games – against AFC Bournemouth, West Bromwich Albion, Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton – in just over two weeks, but predicting an exact return date is impossible.
We should probably adopt the line being used by Zlatan over when he will make a return to action: when he is ready.
He has been working extremely hard in the gym on a daily basis, and while we cannot predict when he will return, we can say with certainty that it will be emphatic.