Zlatan Ibrahimovic might not yet be ready to start for AC Milan but he is as motivated as ever to get back out there on the field with records in sight.
This morning’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanNews) writes that there has been a lot of speculation in recent days that Olivier Giroud could rest against Salernitana and Ibrahimovic could make his first start of the season.
However, the confirmation came from Stefano Pioli yesterday at his pre-match press conference: “Ibra won’t be a starter yet against Salernitana, but soon he will. It depends on many things, he’s improving, he’s training with more continuity in the last few weeks. He won’t start from the beginning, but he will be there to help us.”
After 16 minutes against Atalanta and 24 minutes against Fiorentina, tonight the Swede is destined to further increase his playing time. After a week of good training, Zlatan was hoping for a starting spot, but according to Pioli he is not yet ready to play from the first minute.
He has not started a game since 9 January 2022 against Venezia but if he were to score to tonight – at 41 years, 5 months and 10 days old – he would become not only the oldest goalscorer in Serie A history (overtaking former Milan player Alessandro Costacurta who scored at 41 years and 25 days), but also of the ‘top five’ European leagues.