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AC Milan Says Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Achilles is Intact But His Calf isn’t

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Italian Serie A side AC Milan has clarified that Zlatan Ibrahimovic didn’t suffer an Achilles injury as widely reported but he only reported an injury in his right calf.

Futballnews reported that the injury occurred when the 38-year-old striker was practising long-range kicks on Monday on AC Milan’s training ground. The injury was initially reported to be a season-ending one but according to new development, it might not take him out of the game beyond a month.

However, the length of time Zlatan will stay out of football would be determined by the examination that will be conducted on him, according to an official statement issued by the club on Tuesday.

AC Milan can report that Zlatan Ibrahimovic reported an injury to the soleus muscle of his right calf in yesterday’s [Monday] training session”, the club’s statement said.

“The Achilles tendon is perfectly intact. An examination will be carried out in 10 days.”

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to AC Milan in January this year for a 6 months deal which is expected fo expire in June. Though there is an option to extend the former Manchester United’s striker’s contract by a year, the assurance of that happening is continually dwindling due to reoccurring injuries.

Recall that a month after he returned to AC Milan where he played between 2010 and 2012, he sustained an Achilles injury that left him out of the team for close to a month before the coronavirus pandemic halted football in Italy. He has since recovered from that injury before the Italian Serie A clubs were permitted to return to training in preparation for the restart of the season in June.

Unlike the English Premier League that is expected to vote for a date, the 2019-2020 season will resume on Wednesday, the Italian Serie A has already agreed that the season will restart on June 13. Though this date was voted for by 16 clubs out of 20, it is still not sacrosanct as it is subjected to the approval of the Italian government.

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If the season restart on the said date, the odds are high that Zlatan Ibrahimovic might not start the first set of matches or has probably seen his last days at the club.

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