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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will play on artificial turf this season

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More games for Ibra

MLS: Portland Timbers at LA Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s knee has strengthened in the past year, and now the LA Galaxy have been strengthened as well.

Reported during the Timbers post-match scrum by Delmy Barillas of LA Sports Access and confirmed again this morning by Adam Serrano, the 37-year old anticipates playing on artificial surfaces for the 2019 season. Not just this Friday at Vancouver vs. the Whitecaps, but potentially all season long. After fully recovering from a career-threatening ACL injury playing with Manchester United in 2017, Ibra now has the confidence to give turf a second chance having previously scoffed at the Providence Park turf last season.

With the Galaxy additionally scheduled to play on turf in , the markedly different change in mentality from the big Swede is a boost for Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s squad. (And opposing team’s box offices)

Here’s to hoping the talismanic striker can stay healthy and avoid the dreading injury bug.