Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tipped to make Man Utd comeback before Christmas

Zlatan Ibrahimovic tipped to make Man Utd comeback before Christmas

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be ready to return to the pitch from his career-threatening knee injury by the end of the year, José Mourinho has said.

In Mourinho's case, there were a couple of areas - left-back and attacking midfield - he wanted to address that the club couldn't get over the line - mainly because, by August, a loaf of bread would have cost around £100m on the transfer market.

"Let him take his time and be back when everyone feels is the right moment".

Andy Cole told MUTV that he hopes Ibrahimovic will return to the fray over the winter period.

"Do I believe he will be back in 2017?"

The former Sweden captain was initially expected to be sidelined for approximately nine months following surgery in the United States and there have since been numerous conflicting reports over a potential return date, particularly with such a recovery seemingly progressing quicker than expected. "We are in October, we have November to play, we have December to play, so why should I be speaking about the market when the market is January?"

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Mourinho delivered a further update on Paul Pogba's injury - and said Marcus Rashford is fit for tomorrow's game at Huddersfield. "I don't know when he comes back, when he's available, I've no idea", said Mourinho.

"Everybody knows every manager wants to have all the players available it's just then a question of the way you position yourself in relation to that".

On United's general injury situation, he said: "The injury process normally is a process of some guys get injured, some guys recover from injury, unless we lose completely the balance, this happens to nearly every team".

"For some, it is better to remember the team is not in its full strength".

"The way we try to do it is always to speak about opportunities for others".

"Nobody is back from injury but what we have is good".

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