Zlatan Ibrahimović Hobbles Away From AC Milan Training With Potentially Career-Ending Injury

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AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović is reported to have hobbled away from AC Milan training after suffering an Achilles injury which could put his career in jeopardy.

The 38-year-old resumed training with Milan on 8 May following a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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With the restart date for Serie A yet to be confirmed, it appears highly unlikely the Swedish talisman will take any further part in Milan’s season, with reports suggesting he departed the training session with a ‘long face’ following the injury.

“Today, Ibra stopped during a training match at the end of the session,” Sky Sports Italia reported. “After a finish, he puts his weight on the foot and feels something in his calf, the one that he struggled with between January and February.

“There’s a concrete possibility of a strain but also fear of an Achilles tendon problem. We have to be careful about what we say, but it must be said.”

Despite the severity of the injury having yet to be confirmed, reports suggest the former Manchester United man was in clear discomfort when leaving the session, and speculation has emerged that this could impact the remainder of the Swede’s career.

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Ibrahimović returned to the Rossoneri in December 2019 having already spent two seasons with the club between 2010 and 2012.

Despite only signing a six-month contract with the Italian giants, there was the option of a one-year extension on the deal which would see the former Sweden international remain at Milan until 2022. Ibrahimović has featured ten times since his return to the club, scoring four goals.

Prior to his move back to Milan, Ibrahimović enjoyed a fruitful spell in MLS. The 38-year-old made 58 appearances for the club, scoring 53 goals. He was awarded LA Galaxy Player of the Year and was named in the MLS Best XI for both of the seasons he spent at the club.