Ibrahimovic damaged his knee ligaments following a nasty fall in Manchester United’s Europa League clash with Belgian outfit Anderlecht, and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the season.
Fears had arose that the 35-year-old may have to call time on his playing career as a result of the injury, though reports in France now indicate super agent Raiola has dispelled such talk.
‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone successful knee surgery. He will make a full recovery AND HAS NOT SUFFERED A CAREER-ENDING INJURY,’ Raiola has confirmed in a statement.
‘The procedure was performed by Freddie Fu, M.D., and Volker Musahl, M.D., of the UPMC Sports Medicine program in Pittsburgh.
‘Zlatan has started rehabilitation at UPMC and will remain under the care of Dr. Fu and Dr. Musahl throughout his recovery.
‘Zlatan and the medical team are not available for interviews at this time. Additional updates will follow at a later date,’ Raiola added.
The tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament means the Swedish star faces up to nine months on the sidelines.
It is yet to be confirmed whether Ibrahimovic will remain with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United once the current season is over.
The striker signed a one-year deal with the club last summer after leaving French champions PSG, with the option of a further one-year extension.
Many pundits were sceptical about Ibrahimovic arriving in the Premier League in the twilight of his career, but has proved all doubters wrong with 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions.