Ander Herrera Reveals How Zlatan Ibrahimovic Broke News of His Devastating Injury to Teammates

Callum Rice-Coates

​Zlatan Ibrahimovic gathered the Manchester United squad together to reveal the extent of his season-ending knee injury, according to teammate Ander Herrera.

The enigmatic Swedish striker suffered knee ligament damage during United's Europa League quarter-final win against Anderlecht, and is expected to be out for around nine months.

It has cast doubt over Ibrahimovic's already uncertain United future, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, but Herrera has backed the 35-year-old to make a strong comeback.

Manchester United v AS Saint-Etienne - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg
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"It is true that he [Ibrahimovic] was down at the training ground yesterday and spoke to the group," said Herrera - via ​Metro"But he did not say much, really. He wished us only good luck with the rest of the season.

"He has an incredible mentality and a great physique, I have never seen such a good football body. I am quite sure he will make it back."

United's players wore tops with Ibrahimovic's name on the back in a gesture of solidarity ahead of Sunday's 2-0 win against Burnley. Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were on the scoresheet in the absence of the club's top scorer.

Ibrahimovic has scored 28 goals in all competitions so far this season, 17 of which came in the Premier League. It represents an excellent return for a player signed on a free transfer, although United are now not expected to offer him a contract extension. 

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