Zlatan Ibrahimovic could return to action at Manchester United by November – report

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be in line for a November return from injury after showing superb progress in his rehabilitation process at Manchester United, according to reports.

The Swede suffered serious damage to the meniscus and cruciate in his right knee during a 2-1 win over Anderlecht in April and underwent surgery.

He has since signed a new deal with the club and various reports have hinted towards the 35-year-old making a return to action in time for the busy December period.

But according to the Independent‘s Miguel Delaney, Ibrahimovic has responded excellently to his rehabilitation work and could be available for selection as early as November.

Recovering almost two months early from a vigorous knee injury and a consequent operation is nothing short of extra-terrestrial. Footballers unlucky enough to suffer ACL afflictions usually start properly working with the ball after six months, and Zlatan is threatening to be back and firing after just seven.

This only goes to show that rehabilitation, while ostensibly related to the physical side of things, relies heavily on how one approaches it mentally.

Returning from a knee operation is tough and miserably time-consuming, but Zlatan has taken it on with the same ferociousness we see on the pitch and, needless to say, it’s paying off.

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