Zlatan Ibrahimović has addressed fans for the first time since suffering a season-ending injury in the latter stages of normal time in Manchester United’s 2-1 Europa League Quarter-Final victory over RSC Anderlecht at Old Trafford last week.
The 35-year-old is thought to have ruptured a cruciate ligament in his right leg after an aerial battle with Senegalese defender Kara Mbodji caused him to lose balance and resulted in a very awkward landing which made his leg bend the wrong way.
It’s now being reported that Ibrahimović looks set to be on the shelf until the new year and is soon flying out to Pittsburgh to undergo career-threatening surgery on Wednesday, but the Swedish striker is remaining optimistic.
Ibrahimović captioned a new post on his popular Instagram account yesterday night thanking everyone for “all the support and love” during the tough period and went on to confirm that he “will be out of football for a while”.
He continued by stating that he “will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger”, and because he’s been “playing with one leg so far” his recovery “shouldn’t be a problem”.
United no. 9 ended his message saying “one thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else” and added a strong closing line “giving up is not an option, see you soon”.
It’s unclear whether we’ll see the self-proclaimed “God of Manchester” in the famous red shirt again, but judging by what he’s telling us it seems like he’s just as eager to be José Mourinho’s main man again as we want him to be.
Ibrahimović has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford in the summer for America with LA Galaxy known suitors but if there’s Champions League football on the table next term at Manchester United, one of the few trophies he’s never won, it’ll be a surprise if it’s the player’s decision to not take up on the option of a further year in his current contract.