Yannick Bolasie is remaining upbeat despite having months of rehabilitation ahead of him once he has undergone a second operation on his injured knee.
The Congolese international has been out of action since early December after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sustaining damage to the meniscus in his knee in an innocuous-looking challenge with Manchester United's Anthony Martial.
Bolasie has gone under the knife once already and is scheduled for another surgery next month in the hope of returning to the team before the end of the year.
Speaking in the Liverpool Echo, Bolasie says that the change to his normal training routines at Crystal Palace after he joined Everton for £25m last August may have caused the injury.
The 28-year-old went down following a collision with Martial in the 1-1 draw and although he was able to get back to his feet and return to the game, he quickly realised that something was wrong.
“When I got the injury, it was strange,” he explained. “It hurt for about 20 seconds. I tried to get up and play again, but when I did get up and tried to carry on, I felt something was wrong in my leg.
“[When I got to the changing room, it started to pain me more and more. There was a feeling of shock and I could see my knee swelling and I knew this one didn't look great.
“I don't blame Martial, because it's a thing I do all the time,” he said. “I'm always stretching and I'm always in contact with someone.
“I wasn't in my normal routine. At Crystal Palace, I had my routine — I was all right, I knew what was going on in my body.
“But when you move [to a new club], you start doing different training methods. You don't realise that other places in your body are getting tight and you still carry on.
"Right now I'm preparing my leg to be in the best condition it can be for the second operation. I'm starting to see the light a little bit.
“It's a long time without playing football, and I've been playing football for the last 10-15 years. At the moment I'm coping with it well.”
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1 Posted 18/02/2017 at 01:00:03
2 Posted 18/02/2017 at 01:57:16
I personally wasn't impressed with the signing, fee, or performances but he's a good lad.
3 Posted 18/02/2017 at 02:26:20
I don't think he will be the same after this operation, As his main attribute is his burst of speed, which always seems to diminish after this type of injury.
Good luck anyway, lad, and I hope I am wrong.
4 Posted 18/02/2017 at 02:41:15
5 Posted 18/02/2017 at 03:09:37
Bit harsh, Andrew, I agree on the fee though, £22m should have been tops! Hopefully his knee will be okay, he has got pace to burn!
And I don't agree with Yannick; Martial sent him flying & with the ground falling away off the pitch that twisted his knee nowt do with training regimes!
6 Posted 18/02/2017 at 05:36:07
7 Posted 18/02/2017 at 06:42:24
8 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:19:27
I can only remember him impressing in one game which was against a really poor Sunderland; the rest of the games, I thought he was average. You'd never see a player who plays like him as a mainstay in a top four team; you just never know what your going to get from him!!
I'll be glad to see him back fit and see how he is after he is a bit more settled in the squad. I think he has qualities to offer but I'm not so sure he will be an Everton stalwart for years to come!
9 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:24:55
10 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:47:04
Best of luck, Yannick hope I'm wrong.
11 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:51:16
Best of luck to him.
12 Posted 18/02/2017 at 08:12:28
I remember reading Roy Keane's autobiography where both he and Lee Sharpe were out at the same time with similar injuries but Sharpe rushed back, whilst Keane listened to advice.
That was the beginning of the end for Sharpe's career.
13 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:03:00
14 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:44:10
15 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:53:21
16 Posted 18/02/2017 at 10:52:01
17 Posted 18/02/2017 at 12:17:30
I'm looking forward to seeing him Lukaku and Lookman as a front 3. I wonder is he friendly with Lookman?
Can't understand what some people want from their wingers.
18 Posted 18/02/2017 at 13:38:19
19 Posted 18/02/2017 at 13:54:43
20 Posted 18/02/2017 at 14:10:58
21 Posted 18/02/2017 at 15:53:40
I look forward to his return asap
23 Posted 19/02/2017 at 13:14:51
24 Posted 19/02/2017 at 15:33:46
We can only hope that he has a speedy recovery but, like another poster mentioned, players usually lose that burst of pace with injuries like this, and of course even with a speedy recovery, he faces a long, long way back to full match fitness.
25 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:17:33
Bolasie is just the victim of his price tag. He has undoubted ability and some of his crossing into the box is quality. He also created some clear-cut chances earlier in the season that would have seen his assist ratio improve had they been converted. He also gets credit from me for his route into the Premier League. He kept believing when in the lower and non-leagues and took his chance at the big time with both hands. Seems like Lookman is doing the same.
He always tried to make things happen on the pitch. Sometimes it didn't come off but he offered more to the team than the other fella, in my opinion. Get fit soon, Yannick.
26 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:18:55
I love Del Boy but he had his chance at the start of the season, got a telling off from Koeman and then didn't wake up, unlike Ross has. I'm happy to have him back but he doesn't get in the team for me, just on the bench.
A new winger is required though; Kev is almost 30, Lennon isn't good enough and Bolasie is injured. Willian isn't getting a game at Chelsea!
27 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:51:18
First off, injuries are not the player's own fault.
Second, I see Ronald & Erwin influencing some receptive players in really important ways (Barkley, Lukaku and Robles).
Third, despite contrary rumours, we have young players not just playing but shining (Davies, Holgate and Lookman and Robles again).
Fourth: Yannick likes Big Rom (so do I... big time!) I want Big Rom to see out his career in "The Royal Blue Jersey", so I want Yannick to help this happen.
Bolasie has been a "bit brilliant, bit disappointing" player even before Everton. Ronald & Erwin are altering the mindset. So the more players that buy in, the fewer remain adhering, deluded, bewildered or lost to the ways of "MacDreich" or "El Bizzarro".
Ron & Erwin have not come to Everton for a "fast buck", because they can't afford that. Success or Success.
Personally I genuinely believe, if the brothers Koeman reignite the fire around St Rupert's Tower (and they can), then they won't be handmaids walking barefoot in the footsteps of the predictable.
True generals want to win wars in their own name, not maintain the greatness of long gone, venerated legends.
I'm hoping that Ronald Koeman wants Evertonians to polish the many stars of his success, not to depart and be handed a tin of Brasso at a club that automatically rolls over wimps, season after season.
As a player, Ronald's seasons prior to joining Barca were our "Glory Days".
Bring it on home, Ronald... create your own dynasty. Your "Royal Blue Dynasty".
28 Posted 19/02/2017 at 20:05:17
29 Posted 19/02/2017 at 21:40:53
I see Deulofeu has scored for Milan tonight. Their fans seem keen on him and are talking about buying him in their forums. I'd say he won't want to come back to Koeman.