AC Milan challenge the Norwegians of Bodo / Glimt this Thursday, in the preliminary round of the Europa League.
It will be without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Aged 38, the Swedish giant has indeed tested positive for the coronavirus.
He is in isolation at his home, as the Lombard club indicates in a press release.
This is the only case within the Milan squad after this new round of tests, after the positive control of Brazilian defender Leo Duarte.
A news that the interested party comments in the purest style Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“I had tested negative yesterday for Covid, and I am positive today, relates the former Parisian, on social networks.
I have no symptoms.
The Covid has the courage to challenge me.
It's a bad idea…"
I tested negative to Covid yesterday and positive today.
No symptoms what so ever.
Covid had the courage to challenge me.
- Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) September 24, 2020
While waiting to overcome the virus, "Ibra" will certainly miss the next match of Milan in the Italian league, on the ground of Crotone (Sunday at 6 pm).
And probably the next one too, facing La Spezia (04/10).
Return expected for the Milan derby against Inter, on October 17, after the international break.
Milan orphan of its star
After a first stint at AC Milan between 2010 and 2013, Ibrahimovic made his return to San Siro last January, after almost two seasons at the LA Galaxy.
The opportunity for him to score 11 goals in 20 matches and guide the Rossoneri to Europe.
And to convince the management to keep it.
The Swede, who will celebrate his 39th birthday on October 3, started the 2020-21 season with a bang, with a goal against Shamrock Rovers of Ireland in the Europa League (2-0 victory) and a brace against Bologna in Serie A ( 2-0 victory).
It's a halt for him, but especially for AC Milan, more than ever dependent on the prowess of his eternal star, the “Benjamin Button” of football, as he describes himself in all modesty.
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