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Zlatan Ibrahimovic set to miss derby against Manchester City, rest of season with knee injury

He's out for the season with a serious injury

Manchester United v RSC Anderlecht - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Manchester City and Manchester United will play a crucial Derby next week that will decide the fate of both teams in the Premier League top-four race, and the Reds have just lost their biggest star. And not just for the Derby.

According to multiple reports in England, United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out for the rest of the season and maybe even longer after a serious knee injury sustained on Thursday's Europa League quarter-final match against Anderlecht. Ibrahimovic fell awkwardly on his right leg, suffering a hyperextended knee and possibly damaging his anterior cruciate ligament.

The Swedish striker could miss the rest of 2017 if he undergoes surgery on a torn ACL, but he's definitely not coming back this season. Ibrahimovic has scored 28 goals this season and done a fantastic job for United, and José Mourinho now has to rely on young Marcus Rashford until the end of the season.

The Manchester Derby takes place next Thursday at the Etihad, and City's chances have certainly improved now that they don't have to face Ibrahimovic.

Get well soon, Zlatan.