At 40, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has once again been operated on, for an absence estimated at 7 to 8 months. A press release from AC Milan tells us: a few hours after celebrating the national title with AC Milan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and will be out of action between 7 and 8 months. “Zlatan Ibrahimović underwent surgery on his left knee on Wednesday by Dr Bertrand Sonnery-Cottet, in the presence of AC Milan medical director Stefano Mazzoni, at the Jean Mermoz Hospital in Lyon. The arthroscopy had been planned for some time. to permanently resolve the instability of the joint and consisted of reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament with lateral reinforcement and meniscal repair. The operation was a complete success. Zlatan is eager to begin the rehabilitation process and return to the field The prognosis is estimated at 7-8 months.” It is a French team which performed the surgery this Wednesday in the greatest secrecy, around Bertrand Sonnery Cottet, knee specialist at the Paul Santy center in Lyon. The Lyon surgeon has been in contact with the Lombard institution since the summer of 2011 when he had to manage the rupture of the ACL of the knee of the French international who played for AC Milan, Mathieu Flamini. The Milanese medical board has always kept a link with Sonnery Cottet and his teams, called to the bedside of many athletes: Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir, Ibrahima Konaté or even Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian still European champion with Lyon at the weekend. last but also Charles Ollivon, the captain of the XV of France in June 2021 without forgetting the skiers, JB Grange, Valentin Giraud Moine or Tessa Worley.Several knee operationsThis is not the Swedish giant’s first surgery on his knees: in 2017, it was the cruciate ligament of the right knee in 2017 which had to be repaired before a simple “cleaning” in June 2021 which kept him off the pitch for a quarter before playing normally again in the fall. He had even scored again between October 2021 and January 2022, chaining tenures in Serie A and the Champions League, even if he could not be aligned on December 22 against Empoli for “knee problems” as indicated by the specialized site, Transfermark. During this period, he managed, at just 40 years old, to score no less than 8 goals, the last of which on January 9 against Venice. Everything then gradually became complicated with recurring pain in the knee, but also in the Achilles tendon which slowed down his desire to help, regularly his teammates in the quest for an Italian Champion title, his dream. since his return from MLS to Italy in January 2020. Questions remain in light of the timing of this move to the block: why do it barely three days after the Milan consecration when we know all the preparation carried out upstream? Was it because the pain was too great? Under these conditions, how could he still play another 18 minutes on Sunday against Sassuolo? Did he want to add one more line to his caption which could thus suggest that he wanted, at all costs, to favor the group, the AC Milan institution, even by playing with a sore knee rather than abandon the club in its quest for a 19th national title, the 1st since 2011? All questions are on the table, especially since at the age of 40, with this operation, not sure that the former PSG player ( 2012-2016) can return to the field as soon as we know that such an operation gives rise to a very long and tedious rehabilitation.
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