Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to training with Manchester United ahead of a potential return following injury in the coming weeks.
The veteran Swedish striker has barely played this season because of two knee injury lay-offs, but could yet end his Old Trafford career with a final flourish.
Ibrahimovic, 36, will leave United when his contract expires in the summer and Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy are the firm favourites to sign him.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic returned to training with Manchester United
The 36-year-old Swedish striker is nearing his latest comeback from a knee injury
Ibrahimovic hasn’t featured since United’s 2-2 draw with Burnley on Boxing Day
But Ibrahimovic, who scored 28 goals for United last season, helping them to success in the EFL Cup and the Europa League, will want to go out on a high.
Despite the return to training, he won’t feature in United’s visit to Sevilla for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night.
But he could return to Jose Mourinho’s plans in the forthcoming weeks, which will see United compete in three competitions – the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League.
Ibrahimovic has only featured in seven matches for United this season, scoring one goal, having only returned from the serious cruciate ligament injury suffered against Anderlecht last season against Newcastle United on November 18.
Ibrahimovic trains with Paul Pogba at Carrington on Tuesday but he isn’t set to feature in United’s Champions League trip to Sevilla on Wednesday
Ibrahimovic will be hoping his second and final season at Old Trafford doesn’t fizzle out
Ibrahimovic gets in some shooting practice during United’s training session on Tuesday
The Swede seemed to have no issues with his mobility following a recent knee problem
Ibrahimovic will likely play some role for United as they compete on three fronts
Ibrahimovic in the thick of the action with a very wrapped-up David de Gea in training
Ibrahimovic and his compatriot and team-mate Victor Lindelof pictured in a training exercise
Ibrahimovic (left) watches on as Paul Pogba and Michael Carrick compete for the ball
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Feb 21 Sevilla (A) Champions League
Feb 25 Chelsea (H)
Mar 5 Crystal Palace (A)
Mar 10 Liverpool (H)
Mar 13 Sevilla (H) Champions League
Mar 16-18 Brighton (H) FA Cup
He played a handful of matches before suffering another knee injury and hasn’t played since the 2-2 draw with Burnley on Boxing Day.
His sole goal for United this season came in the EFL Cup defeat to Bristol City on December 20.
Ibrahimovic has worked hard on his recovery in recent weeks and his return to full training is a very positive sign that he will feature again before the end of the campaign.
United, who trail Manchester City by 16 points in the Premier League, are at home to Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, ahead of a visit to Crystal Palace and a home match with Liverpool.
They have their return leg with Sevilla at Old Trafford on March 13 and then take on Brighton in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, the tournament they are most likely to win this season.