Jose Mourinho has revealed that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be absent from first-team football for a month due to a knee problem.
Ibrahimovic is facing a month on the sidelines at the worst possible time as Manchester United count the cost of losing the Swedish centre forward and fellow striker Romelu Lukaku.
Mourinho revealed Ibrahimovic is facing ‘a big problem’ as the 36-year-old continues to suffer from knee trouble, after Saturday’s goalless draw against Southampton.
And with Lukaku also set for time out after suffering a head injury, United will have to cope with usual wing options Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial up front.
Ibrahimovic suffered a devastating anterior cruciate ligament injury towards the end of last season and there are fears the new problem could be linked.
On Ibrahimovic’s injury status, Mourinho told the BBC: ‘The same [knee]. A massive problem. He is a 36-year-old with a bad knee.’
Speaking to BT Sport he confirmed his veteran forward was facing ‘one month out’.
Lukaku is due to miss United’s next two matches, according to Mourinho. They face Everton at Goodison Park on New Year’s Day and then host Derby County in the FA Cup four days later.