Zlatan Ibrahimovic tested positive for COVID-19 almost two weeks ago now, with Milan eagerly awaiting his return to the pitch. The objective, of course, is to have him back for the important derby against Inter next week.
Meanwhile, the Swede – who is still in quarantine – decided to enjoy his time off with some horse riding on Wednesday. If you have an interest in horses, just like the 39-year-old, make sure to check out horse racing odds.
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— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) October 7, 2020
In 2017, Ibrahimovic partnered up with a good friend of his, Michol Del Signore, and bought a horse that since has been competing in horse jumping. For the time being, though, the striker is fully focused on Milan and the current season.
He has missed the last four games and although his presence is very important, the Rossoneri were able to win them all. In the league, they are yet to concede a single goal and have scored seven of them in the process.
For the derby, however, Ibrahimovic will be vital and with over one week to go, he’s expected to test negative for COVID-19 before then. Last season, the Swede scored one goal and assisted the other against Inter, showing his class.
Rafael Leao did score twice last time out, but no one can match Ibrahimovic’s presence in the build-up phase and clinical finishing in the final third. This has been proven time after time and even at 39, he’s keen on proving himself more.
“I’m fine, I’m working. This is the second official match. I could have scored even more goals. If I was 20 I could have scored two more,” Ibrahimovic said following the 2-0 win against Bologna.
“The goal is to do better than last year. All the young people are doing well, they work and listen. They know what it takes to do well, they have discipline and after the last 6 months, they know what it takes to do well. You need to stay focused every day.
“I like having this responsibility with the team. The biggest pressures come from me. I don’t like them talking about my age, I want everyone to be judged on the same level. I like being on the same level as a 20-year-old,” he concluded.
As if it wasn’t clear know it, Ibrahimovic is the leader of the team and although this can backfire sometimes – given his incredible will to always win – it has been a positive experience so far and the feeling is that the striker has matured as well.
In other words, we can only hope that he will be back for the derby clash because Milan simply don’t have any other player like him in the squad. Furthermore, he’s always up for the Derby Della Madonnina, used to scoring in those games.