Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Ibrahimovic to miss first leg through injury?

Monday 01 March 2021 15:26

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be denied an Old Trafford homecoming, as the Swedish forward is reportedly an injury doubt for AC Milan's upcoming Europa League visit.

The 39-year-old is enjoying yet another stellar season in Serie A with the Rossoneri, having struck 16 goals in 21 games in all competitions to help place Stefano Pioli's side in contention for a first title since 2011.

Milan got the better of Roma - and Zlatan's former Reds team-mate Henrikh Mkhitaryan - on Sunday night, winning 2-1 to remain second, four points behind city rivals Inter, but it came as a cost as Ibrahimovic had to be substituted for Rafael Leao early in the second half, shortly before Ante Rebic's deciding goal.

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Our Europa League games will be our 11th and 12th competitive meetings with the Italian giants.

The early unconfirmed reports in Italy are suggesting that the prolific striker has suffered an adductor muscle injury, which will result in him missing at least four matches.

Unfortunately, that would include the hotly anticipated meeting in M16 on Thursday 11 March.

It is not yet clear whether Ibrahimovic will be fit enough to feature in the San Siro return the following Thursday.

Zlatan scored 29 times during a short but fruitful spell in Manchester between 2016 and 2018.

Our former no.9 netted twice at Wembley to help clinch the 2017 EFL Cup final, against Southampton, and played a key role in our first Europa League success later that season, despite missing the latter stages with a knee injury.

After the draw last week, it was confirmed that Diogo Dalot, who is on loan with Milan from United, would be eligible to play, while former Bayern Munich and Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic has been included in the Rossoneri's continental squad after joining in January.