When Zlatan Ibrahimovic landed awkwardly on his leg against Anderlecht last Thursday causing knee ligament damage, there would have been one man wincing more than anyone else.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma suffered an identical injury in February 2016 playing against Manchester United, damaging cruciate knee ligaments after a nasty landing.
It left the Frenchman out of first-team action for 11 months but he’s since returned to full fitness.
And Ibrahimovic is set to undergo the same rehabilitation period that Zouma has endured over the previous year or so.
With Zouma well aware of the tough road ahead for Zlatan, the defender took time out of celebrating Nemanja Matic’s screamer against Tottenham in the FA Cup semi-final to send the United striker a beautiful message on Twitter.
He wrote: “Get well soon @Ibra_official I know the feeling you have now as you know it happened the same to me but you're strong!!!”
It was a message that Zouma didn’t need to send but one that will be very much appreciated by Zlatan nonetheless.
And Ibrahimovic himself has also taken to social media recently to speak about his injury.
He wrote on Instagram: “First of all, thank you for all the support and love.
“It's no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while.
“I will go through this like everythings else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when its time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”
Ibrahimovic’s future is now uncertain, though.
His original one-year deal at Old Trafford is set to expire at the end of the season and it’s unknown whether or not the Red Devils will extend his deal.
There are also suggestions that the legendary Swede could retire after this injury with the 35-year-old coming to the end of his career.
But Zouma, and the rest of the footballing world, are praying that Zlatan can make a full recovery and will be soon playing first-team football once again.
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