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Milan: Ibrahimovic faces long spell on sidelines after knee surgery

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The injury casts doubt over Zlatan’s future at San Siro.

AC Milan have confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play again in 2022 after his knee surgery.

The Swedish striker helped Milan clinch their first league title after 11 years when they defeated Sassuolo on Sunday. However, a lengthy spell on the sidelines might end his journey at San Siro.

A statement on Milan’s website read: “AC Milan announces that Zlatan Ibrahimovic underwent an operation on his left knee. Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet carried out the surgery,with the Club’s Medical Director Stefano Mazzoni in attendance, at the Hôpital Jean Mermoz in Lyon.

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“The arthroscopy had been planned for a while to definitively resolve the joint’s instability through the reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, with lateral reinforcement and meniscus reparation.

“The operation was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated between 7 and 8 months.”

An injury-plagued season saw Zlatan making only 27 appearances for the Rossoneri during the 2021-22 campaign. The former Manchester United star will become a free agent this summer, with the new injury weakening his chances of earning a new contract at Milan.

Let’s see if other clubs would try to sign the 40-year-old this summer or he will end his illustrious career at Milan.