A few hours after celebrating the national title with AC Milan AC, Zlatan Ibrahimovic had surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and will be out of action for 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 rossonero club announced in a communicated. 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 was a French team that performed the surgery 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 anterior cruciate ligament in the knee of Mathieu Flamini, the French international who played for AC Milan. The Milan medical board has always kept a link with Sonnery-Cottet and its teams, called to the bedside of many athletes: Karim Benzema, Nabil Fekir, Ibrahima Konaté or even Ada Hegerberg, the Norwegian champion of Europe with Lyon at the weekend. last, but also Charles Ollivon, the captain of the XV of France in June 2021, without forgetting the skiers Jean-Baptiste Grange, Valentin Giraud-Moine or Tessa Worley.
The Swedish giant passed by the PSG is not his first knee surgery: in 2017, it was the cruciate ligament of the right knee which had to be repaired before a simple “cleaning” in June 2021 which had ruled out a quarter before playing normally again in the fall. Zlatan had even scored again between October 2021 and January 2022, chaining tenures in Serie A and the Champions League.
During this period, he managed to score no less than 8 goals, the last of which was on January 9 against Venice. Everything then gradually became complicated, due to recurrent pain in the knee, but also in the Achilles tendon.
Subsequently, the ex-Parisian was unable to regularly help his teammates in the quest for the title of Italian champion (the 19th in the history of the club), his dream since his return from MLS to Italy in January 2020.
There are still questions about the timing of this passage to the block… Why three days after the Milan consecration? Why did you play 18 minutes on Sunday against Sassuolo? At the age of 40, not sure that Zlatan is subject to the very long and tedious rehabilitation that is imposed on him in order to return to the field. If, however, he is seriously considering returning.