For a good month, Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to take his troubles patiently. Focused on the final rush of this crazy scudetto race, the AC Milan striker, in agreement with his club, even underwent a tailor-made program for several weeks, alternating individual program and collective training. The goal ? To come into play during the last ten to fifteen minutes of the matches to give his contribution in the quest for the title.
Ibrahimovic operated on a knee and absent 7 to 8 months: end of career in sight?
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“Arthroscopy had been scheduled for some time to permanently resolve the instability of the joint through reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, with lateral reinforcement and repair of the meniscus.“, said the club crowned Italian champions on Sunday in a press release. What now?
Milan does not close the door to an extension
If the news has somewhat scuttled the morale of the Milanese tifosi, on a cloud since last Sunday, it was expected by the parties involved. The one who will celebrate his 41st birthday next October wanted to have surgery now for a simple reason: to come back as soon as possible. Indeed, the hypothesis of a possible retirement is not relevant. It is not totally ruled out, of course, since everything will depend on the next few weeks and the evolution of his convalescence. But today, Zlatan wants to continue his career, even after this new tile. And the Milan leaders, Paolo Maldini (technical director) and Frederic Massara (sporting director) in the lead, are always open to this possibility.
For them, their striker will never be a burden. If he decides to hang up his crampons, his choice will obviously be respected. But if this desire to continue is confirmed, the Milan staff is ready to extend his lease, well aware of his importance in the locker room. This Wednesday, the Corriere della Sera also mentioned in its edition of the day an annual contract with a salary of 2.5 million euros, in addition to bonuses linked to the objectives.
The break for the World Cup can favor his return
If this absence of seven or eight months is confirmed, the Milan number 11 should therefore miss the entire first part of the season for his team. In order not to lose contact with his teammates, part of his rehabilitation should also take place on the side of Milanello, where the medical staff of the Lombard club will monitor the progress of his convalescence without rushing it. In the event of complications, the deal could change regarding his near future, even if no one wants to take this hypothesis into account. The break linked to the World Cup in Qatar, scheduled after the weekend of November 12-13 and probably until January 5-6, 2023, could be a strong ally.
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In the best of all possible worlds, Ibrahimovic could therefore make his return at the very beginning of next year at 41 years old. Otherwise, a retraining as a leader within his club cannot be ruled out. Always according to Corriere della Sera, this hypothesis is well on the table on the side of Casa Milan, the headquarters of the club. Today, however, this is not plan A. Despite a legitimate sense of duty accomplished, Zlatan intends to continue his mission… on the ground.
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