Ibrahimovic is playing with fire claims knee expert
Seven months after tearing his knee ligament in Manchester United’s Europa League clash against Anderlecht, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made his long-awaited comeback. The Swede, now 36 years old, made a brief appearance in United’s 4-1 demolishing of Newcastle. The former PSG forward re-announced himself in true Zlatan fashion. After receiving a cross from the right, Ibra leapt high in the air before connecting with a scissor kick forcing the goalkeeper to pull off an excellent save. Frenchman Paul Pogba also returned after months on the sideline.
Although Zlatan’s return was met with jubilation, knee expert Markus Walden was not as enthusiastic. In an interview with Swedish publication Expressen, Walden claimed Ibrahimovic is rushing back.
“In general, the time before reset is between six and nine months. The trend is to approach nine months more than six,”
“The average time for a professional player is seven months to the first training session and eight months to the first match.” continued Walden
“The ligament may break again. The risk is the greatest in the first year after operating. At least half, maybe three out of four operated ligaments that break apart do so within one and a half years after surgery.”
Following Walden’s warning, Zlatan might want to re-think his next move. Another long term injuy would surely signal the end of his glamarous career.
Source – Calciomercato.com