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Doctor Warns Man United Not To Rush Zlatan Ibrahimovic To Action

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's doctor has warned that Manchester United should not rush the return of the veteran striker.

The 35-year-old is back in light training after tearing his cruciate ligament in the Europa League game against Anderlecht in April.

The retired Swedish international has made a speedy recovery, but his doctor, Dr Freddie Fu, has warned the Red Devils to remain cautious when easing him back into action.

"He is very strong but soccer is still a combative sport," he said, quoted by Sky Sports. "As a doctor, of course I want to see him return as slow as possible, only when he is fully fit for the game.

"There have been many cases of a player returning prematurely with bad consequences. I have no worry about his injury as it always takes time to fully recover.

"He has a very strong attitude. Even before the operation, he firmly believed he would come back in his soccer career and would not retire just because of the injury."

Zlatan, who top scored for the Red Devils last season with 28 goals, signed a new one-year contract with the Old Trafford outfits while injured after his original deal expired in the summer.

Dr Fu added: "In fact, the EPL has just started and I am sure Manchester United would not need the player urgently for any crucial game either in the league or European competitions."

He has been included in Jose Mourinh's Champions League squad, with a suggestion that the striker could make a return before the end of the year.

However, no concrete date has yet been set for his much-anticipated comeback.

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