Zlatan Ibrahimovic sends message to Premier League defenders to get ready

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Premier League defenders they better be ready to face him when he returns from injury, with the Manchester United forward itching to get back to action.

The Swedish striker has been out of action since April when he suffered an ACL knee injury, but is targeting a return in January after undergoing surgery over the summer.

He was handed a new contract shortly before the close of the recent transfer window, having impressed United with the rate of his rehabilitation, though Jose Mourinho pleaded for patience.

And now the veteran striker has made use of his time on the sidelines by returning to his homeland of Sweden to visit the Volvo Cars headquarters in Gothenburg.

Speaking to some of the workers and fans in attendance at the launch of two new cars, Ibrahimovic provided an update on when he hopes to return to action, and what fans can expect.

‘The knee is almost there. I want everybody to have patience,’ he told the amassed crowd.

‘And when I come back, the world will know.’

He clearly takes his ambassador role for Volvo very seriously, and revealed that he is trying to get many of his teammates – and manager Mourinho – to get behind the wheel of the Swedish-made car.

He continued: ‘Everybody drives Volvo. I even forced my team-mates to buy Volvo now. They know what Volvo is now.

‘Now, with the No.10 [shirt] you’ll see a difference. I’ll even make Mourinho drive a Volvo!’

Ibrahimovic recently posted a video on Instagram showing him jogging and telling Mourinho he would be back soon, though he is not anticipated to return until January having been left out of the club’s Champions League squad.

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