Manchester United legend Andy Cole has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is aiming to get back on the field as early as December following his lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The 36-year-old was initially expected to miss a full year after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in his right knee during the Europa League clash with Anderlecht in April.
Ibrahimovic has since posted a number of positive updates on social media to suggest that he is ahead of schedule, though, while also vowing to return as an even better player.
Cole claims that the ex-Sweden international is planning to be back before the year is out, having been named as part of United’s Champions League group-stage squad.
“He is doing very good,” he told MUTV. “I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day. I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time.
“I think he will definitely bring something to the football team, as we already know. After last season, he was fantastic. It will be nice to see him back when he returns.
“Like he keeps saying, he is not human. I love his banter and I think his enthusiasm for the game of football, and what he is around the complex, speaks volumes about him.”
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was offered a new contract by United earlier this season after his initial one-year deal expired in the summer.