Zlatan Ibrahimovic was pictured at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground on Thursday as he draws closer to a full return from his long-term knee injury.
The Swede suffered a serious ligament blow in April during Man United’s UEFA Europa League semi-final against Anderlecht. He underwent surgery in May in the United States and is nearing the end of his rehabilitation program.
Having been released by United at the end of the season due to the injury, the 36-year-old resigned for the club more than a month ago but has very rarely been spotted at the Aon Training Complex.
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Former-Red Andy Cole pictured himself with Ibrahimovic recently at the training ground’s gym facilities, with Cole recovering from a successful kidney transplant operation. Other than that, very little has been seen of Ibrahimovic.
Also arriving at the training ground on Thursday were Romelu Lukaku and David de Gea, back from international duty with Belgium and Spain respectively.
Ibrahimovic arriving alongside his teammates doesn’t mean he’ll be back playing for United in the coming weeks, but his rehabilitation is continuing.
Jose Mourinho and the club have spoken of their expectations that their talismanic striker will be back before the New Year, having initially thought Ibrahimovic wouldn’t play until 2018.
That’s why the Swede was included in United’s UEFA Champions League squad despite the final group game being in early December 5.
Marcos Rojo is another long-term injury, and he’s been spotted irregularly at Carrington, too. He’s also unlikely to be back before December.
Paul Pogba is the final long-term injury, but how long that means is unknown, with Mourinho staying completely secretive on the matter.