Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumored to miss season after injury sustained in Europa League.
Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury, according to the Daily Mail.
Ibrahimovic suffered the injury in the Europa League quarterfinal against Anderlecht towards the end of regular time. Ibrahimovic went up to attempt a game-winning header and landed awkwardly on his right leg. Afterward, the striker had to be assisted off the field.
Ibrahimovic’s brutal injury drew comparison’s to Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma’s 2015 ACL tear, furthering cause for concern.
Following the game, Uniter manager Jose Mourinho spoke about the injury, stating he wasn’t optimistic about Zlatan’s potential return this season. United’s Marcus Rojo also picked up a knock to the knee during the contest.
Marcus Rashford’s extra-time strike sent the Red Devils into the Europa League semifinals, defeating Anderlecht 3-2 on aggregate.
Ibrahimovic leads United in scoring this season, with 28 goals across all competitions. Rashford will likely serve as Ibra’s replacement up front for the remainder of the season.
At this point, Rashford is United’s third leading scorer with 10 goals in all leagues. His most recent start came in United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea.
Additionally, Mourinho expressed his concern for the squad. The Portuguese manager stated that the team was in trouble, even before injuries to Ibrahimovic and Rojo.
Information on Ibrahimovic’s injury has yet to be released. However, the fans’ worst fears have been confirmed.
The 35-year old striker joined United on a free-transfer this past summer, signing a one-year deal with the club.
Ibrahimovic shows mixed signals to media and fans alike as to what his plans are for the upcoming season.
Ibrahimovic has not recently discussed his plans for the future, but chances are, we may have seen Ibrahimovic’s last game in Manchester United red.