Zlatan is back! Ibrahimovic to return for AC Milan's game against SPAL

Zlatan is back! Ibrahimovic set to return to AC Milan squad for crunch Serie A meeting with SPAL after overcoming calf injury picked up in training after coronavirus suspension

  • Zlatan Ibrahmovic is set to return to the AC Milan squad on Wednesday night
  • The Swedish forward has been out with a calf issue picked up in lockdown
  • Milan coach Stefano Pioli described Ibrahimovic as a ‘hungry lion’
  • The Rossoneri take on SPAL on Wednesday looking to continue their rise in form 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to return to the AC Milan squad following a calf muscle injury which has kept him out since Serie A resumed.

Coach Stefano Pioli confirmed the news on Tuesday, describing the 38-year-old Swede as a hungry lion.

Pioli said that Ibrahimovic, who returned for a second stint in January and injured his calf in training in late May during lockdown, was likely to be included in the squad for the match away to lowly SPAL on Wednesday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make his return to the AC Milan squad to play SPAL on Wednesday

The Swedish forward has been injured since the end of May with a calf problem

The AC Milan boss told Milan’s television channel: ‘Ibrahimovic is doing well. He’s a lion, he’s always hungry. 

‘He had a great training session yesterday, if he repeats that today and gives me the all clear then he’ll be in the squad.’

Milan, who dropped to 14th at one point this season, have lost only two matches since the start of the year and have climbed to seventh and may be on course for a Europa League place.

Pioli was appointed in October to replace Marco Giampaolo, who was fired after only seven games of the season, and has slowly but surely begun to turn things around.

AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli confirmed the news of Ibrahimovic’s return on Tuesday

Ibrahimovic is hoping to steer Milan to a European place come the end of the season

The coach added: ‘It takes time to build a team and make it grow while implementing your own ideas. 

‘But we mustn’t look back, we have to live out these moments with full attention and intensity.

‘There are 30 points up for grabs for us to try and achieve our goal. Our current average of two points a game is an excellent figure. 

‘We’re hoping to keep it up, and we’re hoping that it will be enough to qualify for Europe.’

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