Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future at Manchester United may be up in the air, but the injured striker has been told he has “many years” of football ahead of him.
The Swede is considered to be in “superb shape” by Dr Freddie Fu, the surgeon who operated on the 35-year-old’s injured knee.
There were initially fears that ligament damage could end a distinguished played career, not just Ibrahimovic’s 2016-17 campaign.
He has, however, spoken of his desire to return to the field once fully recovered, be that with United or elsewhere as a 12-month deal runs down, and Fu sees no reason why he cannot get back to his talismanic best.
“I can't discuss too many details, I don't want to get in trouble with Manchester United,” he told that South China Morning Post .
“But I can tell you he's in superb shape in all things. Healthy morphology, the quality of the bone and muscle, everything is as good as you can possibly see.”
Fu has also confirmed that he would like to meet with Ibrahimovic again once his playing days are over, with the striker’s agent, Mino Raiola, having recently revealed that his client’s ligaments are so strong that medical professionals are eager to learn more about his body.
“Sure, in the future absolutely, when he's retired,” said Fu.
“But he can still play for many years, he's so healthy, so strong, biologically, bone morphology, everything, is absolutely very healthy.”
Ibrahimovic had netted 28 times for United before picking up a knock in a Europa League clash with Anderlecht.
Those efforts had helped the Red Devils to taste Community Shield and EFL Cup triumphs, while also progressing positively in continental competition.
The former Juventus, Milan and Paris Saint-Germain striker now finds himself at a career crossroads, with his contract at Old Trafford set to expire in the summer and speculation linking him with a possible move to America or a return to Italy.