AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is likely to be out for the rest of the year after undergoing surgery on his left knee, his club confirmed.
The 40-year-old striker celebrated a Serie A win with Milan at the weekend, in a season in which he made 27 appearances and scored eight goals.
Ibrahimovic returned to his former club in the 2019/2020 season after a spell with Paris Saint-Germain and then Manchester United, and he and the club had been considering another year’s contract as his current deal is due to expire in June.
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Journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted that the Swedish forward is now considering his career as the surgery has left him facing between "7 and 8 months" out of action.
Milan issued a statement on their website, saying:
“AC Milan announces that Zlatan Ibrahimovic underwent an operation on his left knee carried out by Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, with the Club's Medical Director Stefano Mazzoni in attendance, at the Hôpital Jean Mermoz in Lyon.
“The arthroscopy had been planned for a while to definitively resolve the joint's instability through the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, with lateral reinforcement and meniscus reparation.
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“The operation was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated between 7 and 8 months.”
Ibrahimovic’s career spans 23 years after making his professional debut for Malmo in 1999.
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