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Zlatan Ibrahimovic posts pic of his knee ‘autographed’ in Chinese by the Hong Kong surgeon who saved his career

Manchester United superstar says his leg is ‘fixed, done and stronger’ after ligament repair from Hong Kong-raised Freddie Fu

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 10:49am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 May, 2017, 11:21am

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is well accustomed to people demanding autographs, but the Manchester United striker posted one of his own on social media on Wednesday – the name of the Hong Kong-raised surgeon who saved his knee.

The Swedish superstar’s ruptured anterior cruciate ligament was repaired by Dr Freddie Fu Hou-koeng of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre.

And after the operation, which has been declared a success, he posted a picture of his knee on Instagram, with the Chinese character for ‘Fu’ written on it.

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“Fixed, done and stronger,” wrote Ibrahimovic. “Once again thank you for the support. We will enjoy my game together soon.”

Fixed, done and stronger. Once again thank you for the support. We will enjoy my game togheter soon

A post shared by IAmZlatan (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) on May 2, 2017 at 7:07am PDT

The ‘autograph’ is likely from a custom carried out by surgeons before operations of putting an identifying mark on their patients as an additional safeguard to ensure the correct person is presented in the operating theatre, and to make sure they are working on the right part of the body.

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Fu, born and raised in Hong Kong but who has lived in Pittsburgh since his college days, is a world-leading expert on knee reconstructions and repaired Ibrahimovic’s knee with colleague Volker Musahl.

There were fears that Ibrahimovic would not play again after the injury, given that he is 35, but his agent Mino Raiola issued a statement saying the doctors had saved his client’s career.

“He will make a full recovery and has not suffered a career-ending injury,” Raiola said on Tuesday.