The Swede looked on course for a contract extension following a sensational opening campaign under Jose Mourinho until a long term knee injury sustained against Anderlecht led to the club officially relieving him of his services.
Reports have claimed, however, that the 35-year-old – who will undergo his rehabilitation process under the club’s close supervision – could be offered a short-term contract if he makes a successful return by January.
And the Daily Star Sunday has claimed that Zlatan, in response, has targeted a November return – just seven months after going under the knife.
To put the striker’s injury into context, recipients of ACL injuries usually start running – like, gentle jogging and the occasional side-step – after six months.
Zlatan, even from the treatment table, is setting himself apart from the rest and sizing up goals that we, as normal human beings, can only gawp at.
The Swede is clearly hellbent on fully shaking off any last vestige of injury by November to ensure he is raring to go by the turn of the year, demonstrating emphatically that it takes much more than ruptured ligaments to break his unquenchable thirst for glory.