Ibrahimovic injury news: Positive update on Milan talisman, new return date targeted

After undergoing further tests this week on his calf injury, it’s reported that Milan could get Zlatan Ibrahimovic back earlier than expected.

The 38-year-old picked up the injury blow in training last month and as scheduled, underwent a check-up this week to monitor his recovery and progression.

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Milan confirmed that he was making good progress and that further tests would be conducted in around 10 days time, thus ruling him out of our Coppa Italia semi-final second-leg clash with Juventus next weekend.

However, it’s still unclear how quickly he will be back at coach Stefano Pioli’s disposal, with the expectation being that given he’s not been training this past week, he’s most likely to return in July.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport though, it could be a lot earlier than that, as given optimism is growing over the Swede and his injury is healing well, it’s suggested that he could even be back in time for our first Serie A game following the restart against Lecce on June 22.

That arguably seems a little over-optimistic and risking a potential setback, but ultimately it will be down to the medical staff to make their assessments along with Ibrahimovic to decide whether or not he’s ready to go.

Time will tell just how quickly our talismanic frontman can recover, but with games coming almost every three days after the restart, Milan would surely rather cope without him for two or three games rather than potentially rush him back and risk seeing him sidelined for even longer.