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. .
“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.
Ibrahimović’s post came hours after AC Milan announced he had undergone successful knee surgery in Lyon, France on Wednesday.
“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.
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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