The long wait for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to return to action will soon be over as Jose Mourinho confirmed that the striker will make a comeback before the end of the year.

Ibrahimovic has been out since April after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. But the 36-year-old forward having recovered swiftly is closing in on a first-team comeback.

After suggesting last month that the former Sweden international could be back this year, the Portuguese boss is now certain of that timescale. “He is a lion, he is a fighter,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I think that is a good description of him, he has the anger all the time and that’s the reason why he’s almost coming back. “As we expect, he’s reduced the timing of his recovering and, as we were saying a few weeks ago, he will be back in 2017, which is a magnificent recovery.”



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