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'Back in 2017? Yes'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return from knee injury before the end of the year, says Jose Mourinho

Manchester United boss believes injured striker will feature for his side on the pitch before 2017 is out

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be back from injury before the end of the year, according to Jose Mourinho.

The talismanic Swede wants to be back in action in early December and Manchester United boss Mourinho believes it is going to happen.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to play for Manchester United before the end of the year

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to play for Manchester United before the end of the year

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The Portuguese said: “Zlatan will be back. Zlatan is working here and under control, working as I would expect – so, so hard.

“He’s not going to be back next week or a couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment.

“Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes I do.”

Ibrahimovic has been working with club hero Andy Cole on his return.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a cruciate knee injury

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a cruciate knee injury

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also uploaded footage to his Instagram of his training work in the gym

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also uploaded footage to his Instagram of his training work in the gym

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The former Old Trafford striker said: “I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day.

“I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time.”

Ibrahimovic underwent knee surgery in April and has stunned club medical staff with his progress.

SunSport told you he is back in training with the first team.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic trains hard in an attempt to play for Manchester United again

Andrew Cole shared a picture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic training at Manchester United's training centre at Carrington

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Andrew Cole shared a picture of Zlatan Ibrahimovic training at Manchester United’s training centre at Carrington

Mourinho delivered a further update on Paul Pogba’s injury – and said Marcus Rashford is fit for tomorrow’s game at Huddersfield.

He said: “Every manager wants to have all the players available. Then it’s how you position yourself, the way you do it.

“For some it is to remember that the team is not full strength, that player ‘A’ or ‘B’ is missing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered an ACL injury against Anderlecht in April

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered an ACL injury against Anderlecht in April

Jose Mourinho is confident over the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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Jose Mourinho is confident over the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic

“The way we try to do it is to speak about opportunities for others.

“It doesn’t mean I don’t miss the players, that I wouldn’t like them available, it’s just the way I try to do it.

“Nobody is back from injury but we go with what we have.

“Paul is not here. I don’t know when he comes back.”


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