Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been seen recovering in style on a reclining sunlounger by a pool in Miami, after undergoing surgery to his anterior cruciate ligament, an injury he acquired last month.
The Swedish striker underwent a successful operation in the US after picking up the horrific injury against Anderlecht in the quarter final of the Europa League at Old Trafford.
Knee specialist Dr Freddie Fu performed the surgery at the University of Pittsburgh’s Medical Center and last week the Manchester United star was seen wearing a brace.
Ibrahimovic’s debut season in England came to an abrupt end and now it is expected the 35-year-old may be out for at least nine months.
The veteran has enjoyed a prolific season since his free transfer to United, with 28 goals and nine assists during 46 appearances, but before suffering the injury had stalled extending his £250,000-a-week contract.
Ibrahimovic’s agent Raiola has spoken to Swedish publication Expressen.se of Dr Fu’s amazement of his strong knee.
‘Zlatan has started rehabilitation at the hospital. His knee is so strong that the doctors said they had never seen anything like it.
‘He has a knee that it is almost impossible for a football player with a 20-year career to have. It was quite clean… there was no harm in it.
‘Zlatan is so strong that the doctor wants him back after his career to research on him.
‘They work in the world’s best research institutions for the knees and ligaments. They research a lot on the subject and that is why they are better than everyone else. And the doctors want back Zlatan to do research on him.
‘So after Zlatan’s career, we will go back and open him up again to do research on his ligaments.’
United’s season is now resting on Europa League success, with the final against Ajax taking place in Stockholm in a fortnight’s time.