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Ibrahimovic out until after international break, says Pioli

Coach Stefano Pioli confirmed on Sunday that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play for AC Milan until after the international window, as he recovers from a knee injury.
Ibrahimovic has been out of play since hurting his left knee during Milan’s 3-0 league win over Juventus in May. He will turn 40 in October.

Pioli is hoping to have him available when Serie A returns in mid-September following the break for 2022 World Cup qualifiers, which start at the end of this month.

“He is better physically. He hasn’t yet rejoined the squad yet but next week will be very important as there will be a lot of ball work,” Pioli told reporters ahead of Milan’s opening match of the season at Sampdoria on Monday.

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“If everything goes as well as I hope he could return to training with us (the squad) during the international break.”

Ibrahimovic’s injury also ruled him out of Euro 2020, despite the fact that he had come out of retirement to compete for Sweden in the tournament.

Pioli can rely on Olivier Giroud, 34, to lead the charge against Samp after the France forward impressed during pre-season after joining from Chelsea.

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