United to al­low Zlatan full use of train­ing ground for re­hab

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be al­lowed to com­plete his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from ma­jor knee surgery at Manch­ester United de­spite un­cer­tainty over his fu­ture at the club.

Ibrahimovic vowed on Tues­day to re­sume his play­ing ca­reer fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion to re­pair the an­te­rior and pos­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ments in his right knee, post­ing on so­cial me­dia: “Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the sup­port. We will en­joy my game to­gether soon.”

The player had stalled on ex­tend­ing his £250,000 (RM1.37 mil­lion)-a-week con­tract at United be­fore suf­fer­ing the in­jury against An­der­lecht in the quar­ter-fi­nal of the Europa League last month, and there are doubts that he will make a full re­cov­ery at the age of 35.

How­ever, United will give the Swedish star — who had scored 28 goals in his first sea­son in English foot­ball — full ac­cess to their train­ing and med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at Car­ring­ton be­yond the end of his cur­rent con­tract on June 30 even though he is ex­pected to be out of ac­tion un­til the start of next year.

One op­tion is for United to agree an in­sur­ance waiver with Ibrahimovic in much the same way that goal­keeper Vic­tor Valdes trained at Car­ring­ton at the end of 2014 be­fore sign­ing for the club.

United paid for Ibrahimovic’s travel to the United States last week and the surgery that was per­formed by Dr Fred­die Fu at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh’s Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

Luke Shaw is an­other United player fac­ing a lengthy spell on the side­lines after scans re­vealed lig­a­ment dam­age in his left foot.

Shaw was in­jured in Sun­day’s draw with Swansea and is un­likely to play again this sea­son amid fears that he could be out for even longer.

United are still wait­ing on the re­sults of tests on Eric Bailly, who twisted his right an­kle against Swansea, ahead of to­day’s Europa League semi-fi­nal against Celta Vigo. Daily Mail

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