Picture: Zlatan Ibrahimovic pictured in full leg-brace and crutches

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Manchester United will be without the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the remainder of the season. The 35-year-old forward suffered ligament damage in a game against RSC Anderlecht in the Europa League, and I’d be surprised if we see him play for us again.

I fully expect that the Red Devils will pass up the choice to extend Ibrahimovic’s Old Trafford contract, however disappointing it may be. It is the correct decision, though, because we have no idea at how long the influential striker will be sidelined for.

Now, the first pictures of Ibrahimovic following his successful surgery have been released as you can see below. The Swede is walking with the aid of crutches, but his leg is taped up pretty good in that leg brace.

Have a look at the photo below:

Picture via Splash News. (H/T) The Daily Mirror.

 

It’s just a shame that his Manchester United career had to end in such a way. His impressive 28-goal haul helped us lift the EFL Trophy, and he’s had a huge hand in our Europa League campaign too.

To be honest, it felt like the perfect scenario. The Europa League final is being held in his home country of Sweden, and if he would have lined up in that game and led his side to glory, he couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season.

Anyway, here is to hoping that he is mentally tough enough to get through these next few months as it isn’t going to be easy. Coming back from such an injury is always going to be hard, but even more so particularly for a man of his age.

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