ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC could be forced to RETIRE from football as he needs surgery that will keep him out for eight months.
The AC Milan forward has had surgery on his left knee immediately after guiding his club to the Serie A title.
His contract with the Italian giants is up next month.
Ibrahimovic missed large portions of Milan's triumphant campaign with injury.
The 40-year-old Swede made 23 appearances in Serie A, although most of them were off the bench.
Milan said the knee operation, which was performed in France, had been scheduled for a while to "definitively resolve the joint's instability".
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The club added: "The operation was a complete success and the prognosis is estimated between seven and eight months."
Ibrahimovic will be 41 by then.
After Milan clinched its first Serie A title since 2011 on Sunday, Ibrahimovic said he would only continue playing if he felt well and added that it had been a difficult few months for him.
Ibrahimovic's return at the start of 2020 signalled a turnaround for Milan that saw the Rossoneri finish second last season and end their 11-year wait for the league title this campaign.
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He also helped Milan to the last of its Serie A titles in his first spell at the club.
At the weekend the maverick forward celebrated AC Milan's incredible Serie A title win by delivering a rousing speech… and flipping a table.
Ibrahimovic then led the party in the dressing room by delivering an inspirational speech to his Milan team-mates.
On completing his final, rousing sentence, Ibrahimovic flipped the table as the dressing room erupted in a sea of flying limbs and champagne.
Ibrahimovic was also seen smoking cigars on the pitch during the celebrations.
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