‘I have never suffered so much’: Zlatan Ibrahimovic admits he played without an ACL in his knee for SIX MONTHS and relied on painkiller and injections to help AC Milan win Serie A before being ruled out for eight months… with his career in doubt
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has undergone surgery on a career-threatening knee injury
- The 40-year-old Swedish star’s contract at AC Milan expires in the summer
- The veteran striker scored eight goals for this season as Milan won the Scudetto
The 40-year-old went under the knife in France this week to repair damage and instability caused by a previous anterior cruciate ligament injury and is expected to be out for up to eight months.
Ibrahimovic, who is out of contract in the summer, says he ‘made something impossible to something possible’ by playing through the pain barrier and helping Milan to the Serie A title this season.
AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic detailed the full extent of his injury in a post on Instagram
The veteran Swedish striker said he played without an ACL in his left knee for six months
In typical Ibrahimovic fashion, he told the world about his challenges in a dramatic Instagram post: ‘For the past six months I played without an ACL in my left knee.
‘Swollen knee for six months. I was only able to train with the team 10 times in the last six months.
‘Took more than 20 injections in six months. Emptied the knee once a week for six months.
‘Painkillers every day for six months. Barely slept for six months because of the pain.
‘Never suffered so much on and off the pitch.
Ibrahimovic was a member of the AC Milan squad which won the title for the first time in 11 years
‘I made something impossible to something possible.
‘In my mind I had only one objective, to make my team-mates and coach champions of Italy because I made them a promise.
‘Today I have a new ACL and another trophy.’
The veteran striker scored eight goals for AC Milan this season as they won the Scudetto for the first time in 11 years.
His future with the Italian giants is uncertain as he is not expected to be fit until the middle of the 2022-23 campaign.
AC Milan said in a statement that Ibrahimovic’s surgery ‘was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated between seven and eight months’.
Ibrahimovic’s future at the Italian giants is uncertain as he is out of contract this summer