Zlatan Ibrahimovic included in Man United's Champions League squad

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been included in the Manchester United squad for the Champions League, raising the prospect the striker could return to action ahead of schedule.

Ibrahimovic, 35, has re-signed for the club after being released in the summer.

He is not expected to be fit until January after undergoing knee surgery in May, but he will be eligible for United's Champions League group games against Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow after he was named in the 24-man squad submitted to UEFA.

Striker James Wilson, who has returned after a long layoff with a knee injury, has also been included on United's A list for the competition.

Marcus Rashford, who does not turn 20 until October, is eligible for the B list.

United start their Champions League campaign with a home game against Basel on Sept. 12. Their last game is against CSKA Moscow, also at Old Trafford, on Dec. 5.

Ibrahimovic scored 28 goals last season before he suffered a knee ligament injury in April.

Wilson, 21, also suffered a knee injury during a loan spell at Derby last season but returned for the under-23s against Tottenham on Aug. 25.

He last played for United's first team in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough in October 2015.