Yannick Bolasie is expected to be out injured until the end of 2017
By Billy Hawkins – @bhawkinsss
Friday, May 19, 2017
Yannick Bolasie has provided an update on his recovery from injury to talkSPORT, explaining that, while there is still no time frame for his return, there has been a rapid improvement since undergoing the second of his planned operations.
The winger has been out of action for all of 2017, having suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Manchester United at the beginning of December.
He was starting to find some consistent form at Goodison Park when he was sidelined for what could be up to a year, registering one goal and four assists in 13 Premier League matches after a slow start following his summer move from Crystal Palace.
There have been no indications Bolasie’s recovery could be shorter than expected, with Everton’s medical staff and the winger himself not ready to put a time frame on his return, but he is in good spirits as he works to get back to fitness.
Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Bolasie said: “It’s going great at the moment. I couldn’t ask to be in a better place this minute.
“100 per cent there would be [frustration]. I think every footballer who is injured and moves to a new club would have the same sort of frustration that I’m dealing with.
“I want to show the Everton fans what I’m all about. I thought I was getting into my stride just before I got injured, and I can’t imagine the way I would have been now.
“But that’s all done now. It’s about moving forward with this rehab and coming back even stronger, and I’m looking forward to that challenge.
“There’s no time put on it [his return] yet. I’m meant to be starting to try to jog in about two to three weeks, and I will go from there.
“The physios at Everton are just going with the flow, and that’s the best thing for myself at the minute.”
Bolasie admitted he has dealt with the mental aspect of his injury – the thought he will not play football for almost a year – and has started to see results in his physical recovery.
Though he could do nothing after his first operation, the 27-year-old’s second operation – which he revealed was always planned – was the catalyst that kickstarted his recovery.
He continued: “When I got injured, I kind of had the feeling this one was going to be a long-term one – I didn’t know why. Mentally I had kind of prepared myself for a long-term injury.
“You want to come back quicker, and you hope it is shorter, but it was long-term.
“So, I’ve managed to get my head around it, kind of, but [after] the first operation I literally could do nothing. I just had to wait for the second operation.
“Now that I’ve had the second op – which was all part of the plan, it was always going to be two operations – I can already see the results in the knee and the reaction to it.
“I couldn’t ask to be in a better place.”