- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been out of action since April 2017 with a knee injury
- The striker has made a speedy recovery because it was first feared he won't be able to play again
- Jose Mourinho has now confirmed he will be fit to play again before the end of the year
Manchester United gaffer Mourinho is confident Zlatan will be back on the field of play before this year runs out.
The former PSG star wants to be back in action in early December and Manchester United boss Mourinho believes it is going to happen.
The Portuguese said: "Zlatan will be back. Zlatan is working here and under control, working as I would expect so, so hard.
"He's not going to be back next week or a couple of weeks. Let him take his time and be back when everybody feels is the right moment.
"Do I believe he'll be back in 2017? Yes I do."
The United number 10 has been working with club legend Andy Cole on his return.
The former Old Trafford striker said: "I had a chat with Zlatan when he was in the gym the other day.
"I think he is looking forward to coming back, most probably in December or January time."
He said: "Every manager wants to have all the players available. Then it's how you position yourself, the way you do it.
"For some it is to remember that the team is not full strength, that player 'A' or 'B' is missing.
"The way we try to do it is to speak about opportunities for others.
"It doesn't mean I don't miss the players, that I wouldn't like them available, it's just the way I try to do it.
"Nobody is back from injury but we go with what we have, Paul is not here. I don't know when he comes back."