Zlatan Ibrahimović says he took ‘painkillers every day for six months’ as AC Milan star ‘suffered so much’ to win Serie A title

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The Swedish striker has revealed on social media that he played the last six months of the season without anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee – the strong band of tissue that connects the thigh bone to the tibia and the knee joint. .

“Swollen knee for six months,” Ibrahimović said in a post on her verified Instagram account on Thursday. “I have only been able to train with the team 10 times in the last six months.”

“Took over 20 injections in six months. I drained the knee once a week for six months. Painkillers every day for six months. I barely slept for six months because of the pain. I never suffered so much on and off the pitch.”

The Rossoneri won 3-0 against Sassuolo to clinch their first Serie A title in more than a decade, finishing the season with 86 points – two points ahead of runners-up Inter Milan.

“I did something impossible to something possible. In my mind, I had only one goal, to make my teammates and coaches Italian champions because I made them a promise. Today I have a new ACL and another trophy,” added Ibrahimović.

AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli (centre) lifts the Scudetto trophy as his teammates celebrate during the Serie A awards ceremony.
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Ibrahimović’s post came hours after AC Milan announced he had undergone successful knee surgery in Lyon, France on Wednesday.

“AC Milan announces that Zlatan Ibrahimović has undergone left knee surgery performed by Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, in the presence of the Club’s medical director Stefano Mazzoni, at the Jean Mermoz Hospital in Lyon,” the club said in a statement. a statement.

“Arthroscopy had been planned for a while to permanently resolve the instability of the joint through reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament, with lateral reinforcement and repair of the meniscus.”

“The operation was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated at seven to eight months,” the statement added.

Ibrahimović reacts after being injured following a collision during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Bologna on April 4, 2022 at the San Siro stadium.
Since joining the Serie A side in December 2019, Ibrahimović has won several accolades, including 500 career goals in February 2021, and has become one of the few 40-somethings to have competed in Serie A.

Despite his injury, Ibrahimovic played 23 out of 28 league games last season and scored eight goals, according to the Milan website.

But given that his contract ends this summer and he will likely miss the first half of the 2022/23 season after surgery, Ibrahimović’s future at the club remains uncertain.

“I’m now in a situation where I’m close to the goal line… so I’m freaking out a bit,” he told ESPN earlier this month.

“Because when it stops, what do you do? I know I can do a lot of things, I’ll get offers from everywhere. But the adrenaline I get on the pitch, I don’t never get that (from) anything else.”



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