ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has promised to be back in football after declaring: “Giving up is not an option.”
The enigmatic Swede was injured after hyper-extending his knee during Manchester United’s extra-time Europa League win over Anderlecht.
The prognosis did not look good for the 35-year-old, who has netted 28 times for United this season – and is by far the club’s leading scorer.
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But he posted an image of his two athletic-looking legs on Instagram propped up against his fireplace, with a defiant message.
He said: “I will go through this like everythings else and come back even stronger.
“So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.
“One thing is for sure, I decide when it is time to stop and nothing else.
“Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”
Jose Mourinho was non-committal yesterday when asked about Ibrahimovic’s prospects of staying at Old Trafford next season – or indeed ever kicking a football again.
Talking before Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Burnley yesterday, he said of Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo that it was a “big blow” to lose them.
Mourinho said: “It is a big blow but it is for them, not for us as a team because they are much more important than us and the injuries are really big. No player deserves to be injured, but even more so [these two].
“Zlatan in this phase of his career it is really hard and Marcos was in the best moment of his career, playing very well for us and finally getting a position as a centre-back in the national team.
“It is for the medical department to be more specific and they prefer to wait a couple more days because the players want to see specialists and have an extra opinion and we must respect that. But they are important injuries.”
The United players also wore training jerseys with “Ibrahimovic” and “Rojo” written on the back in support of their stricken fellow team-mates.