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Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffers knee injury, out for rest of season

Severe injury expected to keep him out 9-12 months.

Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Noted LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Football Club transfer target Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a knee injury on Thursday while playing for Manchester United in the Europa League against Anderlecht. Ibrahimovic’s knee bent back at a rather awkward angle and the striker is now reportedly set to miss the rest of the 2016-17 season, according to the latest reports.

Some reports have speculated that the Swedish superstar has torn his ACL, but that is not yet confirmed. Bear in mind that missing the rest of this season is only around 4-6 weeks in practical terms, so the injury could potentially be less severe than feared. If he did suffer a torn ACL, recovery time following surgery would be 6-9 months.

Update: Reports in England say Ibrahimovic has torn both his ACL and PCL, and is expected to miss 9-12 months.

Ibrahimovic is 35 years old, so an injury at this stage in his career would certainly dent his hopes of getting the largest payday possible. At the same time, the injury could give him the opportunity to move on from Man United if the club was itchy to replace him, provided his new club was willing to take the risk on an aging striker coming off a knee injury.

Much more will come out today, no doubt, about this story, so we’re largely in the realm of speculation for the moment. But it may, or may not, hamper Zlatan’s chances of coming to Los Angeles in the near future. We’ll update this story as we learn more.

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