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Zlatan Ibrahimovic vows to come back from injury 'even stronger'

Published måndag 24 april kl 12.15
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic grimaces after sustaining a serious knee injury last week. He now faces at least seven months on the sidelines.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic grimaces after sustaining a serious knee injury last week. He now faces at least seven months on the sidelines. Credit: Dave Thompson/AP

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has said 'giving up is not an option' as he took to social media to thank his fans for their support after a picking up a serious knee injury last Thursday.

The Manchester United striker sustained the first major injury of his illustrious career when he hobbled off with a suspected anterior cruciate ligament injury during the Europa Cup quarter-final win over Anderlecht at Old Trafford.

The 35-year-old, who will fly to the United States for knee surgery this week, took to social media on Sunday to quash rumours that his career is over, and told fans that he'll be back stronger than ever.

'First of all, thank you for all the support and love,' he said. 'It's no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while.

I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. 

One thing is for sure, I decide when it's time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.'

The Swede has been a success in his first season in the English Premier League, scoring 28 goals in all competitions for Manchester United. As he faces a lengthy lay-off, he'll miss the rest of the season, which includes the Manchester derby and a reunion with old boss Pep Guardiola on Thursday, and a potential Europa League Final at Friends Arena, Stockholm in May.

Jose Mourinho's side qualified for the semi-finals of the competition with a 2-1 victory over Anderlecht last week and meet Celta Vigo in the last four, who have Swedish striker John Guidetti in their ranks.

Ibrahimovic is out of contract at United in the summer, and his serious knee injury has likely put paid to any new deal at Old Trafford.

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