Zlatan Ibrahimović’s conservative treatment is not giving the desired results and there are rumours he might even have to undergo surgery.
Ibra walked off the pitch on May 9, the night Milan beat Juventus 3-0 at the Allianz Stadium and started their final run of the season which saw the Diavolo finish in second place in Serie A.
The official statement of Milan suggested that Zlatan suffered a “sprain to his left knee” and “the player will be subjected to a six-week conservative treatment”.
However, as reported this morning by La Gazzetta dello Sport (and by others before), it seems that the recovery of Ibra is not going so well – or at least not as well as expected. Red alert levels have not yet been reached but the concern is growing over the situation of the 39-year-old.
The rumours in the newspapers in Italy and on social media were echoed yesterday by Sweden coach Janne Andersson, who said: “I spoke to Zlatan and he is not so advanced in his recovery, as we understood from the beginning. We didn’t expect to be able to call him up [for the EUROs] but I checked to be sure. And he is not that advanced in the development of the rehabilitation.”
Milan will wait until the end of the six-week period they initially gave Ibra to recover, which is at the end of the current month, before making further assessments. From the red and black environment it filters that the therapy is not giving the desired results. There are two scenarios in case Zlatan does not recover in time: adding more weeks to the conservative treatment, or having him undergo surgery. The latter scenario would obviously result in much longer recovery times.
Age is definitely starting to show on Ibrahimović, who in 2020/21 played just half of Milan’s matches. The situation of Zlatan would obviously have implications on the mercato plans of the Rossoneri.