The Manchester United striker made a quicker than expected return from a serious knee injury in November and made six appearances for the club.

But at the end of December, United boss Jose Mourinho revealed the 36-year-old was set to miss the next month of action after suffering a recurrence of the problem.

Ibrahimovic did not travel with his team-mates to their training break in Dubai this week.

And in his press conference ahead of Monday’s clash with Stoke, Mourinho revealed Ibrahimovic has been forced to stop treatment on his knee.

“Zlatan is injured, or is not totally happy with his condition,” Mourinho said. 

“He fought like a tiger, like he likes to say, to be back, which he did. 

“He was starting having minutes here and there, he had a start, he had 60 minutes of one game and started another one, and had 45 [minutes], and he was not happy with his feelings.

“He consulted other doctors and other opinions, and we all made the decision to stop treatment. 

“When he’s feeling really good, he can come back to work. 

“The date for him to be back to training with the team was around the end of January or beginning of February, so let’s hope his feelings are better and we have him as soon as possible.”

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