A Swedish knee specialist has today warned Zlatan Ibrahmiovic about the potential pitfalls of making an early return from ACL surgery.
36-year-old Red Devils star Ibrahimovic made his return to the pitch following 7 months on the sidelines during his side’s Premier League clash with Newcastle yesterday.
‘Ibra’ had been out of action since rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during a Europa League clash with Anderlecht in April, with many having immediately called into question whether the prolific hitman would return to the pitch at all due to his age.
However, the Swedish legend vowed that he would return stronger than ever after undergoing surgery, with his comeback date having been set for the start of next year at the earliest.
But Ibra, who has since been labelled as ‘not human’, somehow managed to make a full return to fitness this month, and was introduced as a late substitute during Manchester United’s 4-1 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford yesterday afternoon.
The former PSG, Barcelona and Inter Milan hitman is now expected to play a key role in the remainder of United’s season, though Swedish knee specialist Markus Waldén has warned his fellow countryman about the potential dangers of taking on too heavy a workload so soon following surgery.
Speaking in an interview with Expressen, Walden explained:
‘In general, the time before reset is between six and nine months. The trend is to approach nine months more than six.’
‘The average time for a professional player is seven months to the first training session and eight months to the first match.’
‘The ligament may break again. The risk is the greatest in the first year after operating.’
‘At least half, maybe three out of four operated ligaments that break apart do so within one and a half years after surgery.’