Yannick Bolasie underwent his second surgery this week and is now on to the next phase of his recovery
Ronald Koeman has provided updates on some of Everton's injury casualties, including Yannick Bolasie who is now onto the post-surgery phase of his rehabilitation.
The Congolese wide man went back under the knife yesterday for the second of two scheduled operations and can now focus on what is estimated to be at least nine months of patient recovery before he can play again at first-team level.
The damage that Bolasie suffered to his knee last December was so extensive that it has required two different surgeries, one to repair the meniscus in December and the second to address the ruptured anterior cruciate ligament this week.
He sent a message to supporters from his hospital bed and his manager echoed the assessment that all had gone well.
“Yes, his second surgery was very successful. Now it's time to recover and work hard to come back,” Koeman told evertontv.
“I will call him later today and speak to him but everybody was happy with how the surgery went yesterday morning.
“His first surgery healed well and now he needs to recover from his ACL surgery. Everybody knows it's around six or seven months and we will see and we are really pleased that he can start his comeback.”
While Bolasie still has plenty of road ahead of him, another ACL casualty, Muhamed Besic, is nearing full fitness after suffering his own injury in pre-season.
Koeman told the print media at his pre-match press conference yesterday that he didn't expect the Bosnian to feature much at first team level this season, preferring to ease him back to playing in the Under-23s.
“Mo is doing well,” Koeman explained to evertontv's Rob Urbani. “Of course, it's always about time. I think today it's seven months ago that he had his injury and he's part of the squad in every training sessions.
“Last week, he's did his first 11 against 11. He will do it again tomorrow and that's the next step. Then maybe 45 minutes in the Under-23s to get some game time because that's what he needs to get back into the first team.”
Meanwhile, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is fit again and could be included in tomorrow's match squad to face West Bromwich Albion. The young striker has been sidelined with an ankle injury picked up just minutes into his first senior start against Southampton at the start of the year.
“He's available,” Koeman confirmed. “After six, seven weeks out the team he's now in his second full week of training and he looks very good.”
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1 Posted 10/03/2017 at 09:22:37
As to Besic: "...to get back into the first team". Interesting words from Koeman.
2 Posted 10/03/2017 at 11:00:09
Unless Koeman can work his magic like he seems to have done with McCarthy and Barkley.
3 Posted 10/03/2017 at 11:10:15
4 Posted 10/03/2017 at 11:37:07
Hope he recovers well and as soon as possible. Although he could easily be described as 'mercurial', he was in the process of developing a very promising understanding with Lukaku.
5 Posted 10/03/2017 at 12:07:10
6 Posted 10/03/2017 at 13:28:48
7 Posted 10/03/2017 at 15:16:43
Jim (#6), agree. Been saying that here since last fall. I still believe he won't wear our shirt again, but also wishing him the best wherever he goes.
8 Posted 10/03/2017 at 16:42:11
Not a Koeman signing?
Any hard facts behind that statement?
9 Posted 10/03/2017 at 17:13:38
10 Posted 10/03/2017 at 17:46:52
11 Posted 10/03/2017 at 17:57:21
12 Posted 10/03/2017 at 18:12:51
13 Posted 10/03/2017 at 18:27:50
I thought he was one of the better performers in what was a difficult period from October to December. Then he got injured and since then our fortunes have improved. It's just a quirk of football that. I'm not claiming we are a better side without him. I'm more thinking if we would have been even better with him. Stoke and Middlesbrough come to mind. Bolasie may have produced that bit of magic required.
As for the point regarding signing Bolasie. just find it hard to believe Koeman would allow any players to be signed without his say so. Walsh spots them, Koeman green lights it. That's my take, though, only an assumption not based on hard facts.
14 Posted 10/03/2017 at 18:31:50
15 Posted 10/03/2017 at 18:55:46
As Dave said, you've got a little mixed up. He was referring to Besic, not Bolasie.
16 Posted 10/03/2017 at 20:02:07
Certainly his recovery will be slow, as will his return to form. You might be right about the final outcome but we probably won't know for sure until the start of the 2018 season.
17 Posted 10/03/2017 at 21:10:16
Thanks. I've noticed that now. Totally threw me cos it was a Bosalie thread.
I'll sort out my attention to detail!
18 Posted 11/03/2017 at 04:43:06
When Rom was persuaded to stay for another year, it was Bolasie who we bought to show him our commitment. Which is why we overpaid for him.
19 Posted 11/03/2017 at 10:37:56
20 Posted 11/03/2017 at 11:15:56
At the worst Bolasie can be ahead of Lennon next season.
Besic has it all to do given our extensive Midfield but could be a part of the squad if Barry moves on.
Otherwise I hope he does well elsewhere he can do a job.
21 Posted 11/03/2017 at 12:53:04
Fingers crossed for Bolasie but it will be hard for him to be the same player again.
22 Posted 11/03/2017 at 21:58:51
23 Posted 12/03/2017 at 14:02:30
Everyone will be ahead of Lennon next season, as he won't be here.
On Bolasie, I'm not over sold on him and believe the fee, for his age and erratic play, plus absurd showboating, aspects which are never going to be ironed out at this point in his career, was very poor business. We overpaid by several million. He was an improvement, although improving on Deulofeu couldn't be that difficult.
It will be the mid-point of next season when he comes back and the season will be two thirds over by the time he gets up to speed without hopefully picking up any other niggling injuries. It will be interesting to see how much he has lost, but it doesn't look good for a wide man touching 30 coming off the back of a bad knee injury.
24 Posted 12/03/2017 at 21:36:54
25 Posted 12/03/2017 at 21:59:18
26 Posted 13/03/2017 at 00:33:05
He may well be a boost to whatever squad he's in next season. It won't be ours. Unless at least two of the five players ahead of him depart AND Koeman suddenly loses interest in Delaney.
27 Posted 13/03/2017 at 00:47:39
We will have to trust Koeman to assess him yay or nay, or he could end up just tagging teaming McCarthy on the treatment bench.