Jose Mourinho: This is when Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be ready to play

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho is hoping to utilise the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovic before the start of 2018. The Sweden international is currently stepping up his fitness after having made a good recovery from an ACL injury sustained in April.

A recent report from The Sun suggested that the Swede is working up to ’90 percent’, and he could return to full training with his teammates in a couple of weeks’ time.

Speaking ahead of the Huddersfield game, Mourinho confirmed that Ibrahimovic is training under the club’s supervision, and he could make a potential comeback before the turn of the year.

“Zlatan is here. He’s working here and under our control. He’s working as you would expect – so, so, so hard. But he’s not going to be back in the next week or the next couple of weeks.Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment. Do I believe he’ll be back in 2017? Yes, I do. But it’s just a feeling,” he is quoted as saying on the club’s official website.

Ibrahimovic’s absence has not hampered United’s season in anyway with summer signing Romelu Lukaku contributing 11 goals in 12 appearances in all competitions.

The likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have also added to the club’s scoring tally, and the burden is more in the midfield department, where United are depleted at present.

Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are still out for a few weeks with their respective injuries, while there is no possible return date for Pogba, who sustained a hamstring injury against FC Basel in mid-September.

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