Yannick Bolasie has expressed his gratitude for the support he has received through 10 months of recovery from a serious knee injury and says he can't wait to return to action.
The Congolese winger has been sidelined since last December after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament and damaging the meniscus in his knee which required two separate surgeries to repair.
A recent video clip of himself posted to social media doing ball skill exercises on grass was the first indication to fans that he was entering the final stages of his rehabilitation and while he admits that he is still a way away from playing, he is pleased with his progress.
“It's a beautiful feeling [to be back on grass],” Bolasie told evertontv. “I've been on grass for a while now and I'm just happy to be back out there, moving the best I can.
“I'm getting stronger by the day and I'm looking forward to coming back.
“There's still a way to go but I'm happy where I'm at at the moment and I couldn't ask to be in a better place.
“Everything just seems to be clicking into place. I've got time to practice and do things I need to so I'm happy.”
Bolasie revealed that in addition to being bolstered by tremendous backing from Evertonians, he has received support from fellow players including the likes of Didier Drogba which has spurred him on.
“The support [I've received] has been incredible and it just makes me want to come back stronger,” he said. “The fans have always been on my side since I've been injured so I'm looking forward to coming back and showing them what I really can do.
“They've seen a side of me at Crystal Palace and I'm sure I can provide that side [again] when I come back.”
Though they suffered very different injuries, Bolasie's anticipated return is more or less in line with that of Seamus Coleman who is also back on grass at Everton's training complex as he battles back from a double leg fracture.
Manager Ronald Koeman says that neither will be rushed back into action, however, as the club's medical staff look to ensure that they are completely ready.
“They really are working hard to come back as soon as possible,” Koeman said. “If you go out with the ball and are training, and are out on the grass and close to the team, it is really a boost and a big step forwards.
“Let's hope they are back as soon as possible. But it is about making sure they come back as strong as possible – and healthy. That is the most important thing; it is not about coming back one week faster, it is all about being one hundred per cent.”
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1 Posted 08/10/2017 at 17:37:02
2 Posted 08/10/2017 at 17:40:03
3 Posted 08/10/2017 at 18:01:39
4 Posted 08/10/2017 at 18:20:29
5 Posted 08/10/2017 at 18:32:01
6 Posted 08/10/2017 at 19:32:18
7 Posted 08/10/2017 at 19:35:46
8 Posted 08/10/2017 at 19:55:41
Your comment has actually cheered me up. Well said.
9 Posted 08/10/2017 at 20:49:34
That's Bolasie written off then.
A good news story about a player striving to achieve fitness after a serious injury is hijacked.
So uplifting on ToffeeWeb these days.
10 Posted 08/10/2017 at 20:57:41
11 Posted 08/10/2017 at 21:01:20
12 Posted 08/10/2017 at 21:01:29
But my own opinion is there's a player and a really good one in there somewhere, it just hasn't surfaced yet.
What I love about the lad is though as well as always coming across as humble and a great kid he always mentions the fans. Spot on, Yan. Hurry up and offer us something different.
15 Posted 08/10/2017 at 21:23:13
16 Posted 08/10/2017 at 22:26:16
Let's be positive. Maybe the right team isn't being picked or the results aren't going our way but Koeman is a good manager and wants the best for the team and fans.
17 Posted 09/10/2017 at 02:34:07
18 Posted 09/10/2017 at 06:34:49
I'd still have both of them around the team though. There's not many ways we can introduce some pace into the attack. At least you know Bolasie won't be playing narrow and passing backwards.
The Straq wasn't a good player either... but he was the right choice when we needed someone to inject a bit of effort into the side.
19 Posted 09/10/2017 at 07:15:31
I get the feeling some people are never happy. We all moan about the boring sideways crap we are being served up. Here we have probably one of the most direct players in the league and it's still not right for some.
20 Posted 09/10/2017 at 07:34:18
I don't know who you've been watching but this guy is a mercurial talent. When he played for Palace at Goodison in January '16 he looked like Maradona such was his time and composure on the ball.
The only thing I was concerned about when we signed him was if he would be a bit enigmatic but since he's arrived at Goodison he's been one of the few players you could be sure would give 100% every time he got on the field.
I know you're not alone in your opinion and I see plenty of posts like Clive's but I'm afraid stats and sublime passing don't tell the whole story and this guy is one of, if not our most, dynamic and dangerous players when fit and he seems like a bloody nice chap to boot.
21 Posted 09/10/2017 at 08:14:13
Obviously that's not going to happen now (unless Manure buy him)... But maybe we could hope for Bo-rooney or D-CLasie? Bo-anything really - I can only think he will improve the team.
22 Posted 09/10/2017 at 09:02:19
Coleman, Keane, Williams, Baines
Davies, Gueye, Rooney
Bolasie, Calvert Lewin, Lookman
I'll keep dreaming. Nothing better to do football wise.
23 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:10:21
Be careful what you wish for.
If he played up front with Rooney we could have a Bo-loony.
24 Posted 09/10/2017 at 10:37:33
Bolasie, there's the width we keep going on about;
Coleman, bombing on and getting behind defences;
Barkley has been very quiet, I wonder where his mind is at?
McCarthy, he has had great days in an Everton shirt;
Funes Mori, can play across the back four he's no worse than what we've seen there so far this season.
25 Posted 09/10/2017 at 11:08:31
Brian Oviedo is a prime example. Funes Mori is in the same boat also. The break to Coleman's leg was horrific
I wouldn't be expecting too much from any of our Injured players when or if they return.
26 Posted 09/10/2017 at 12:03:32
His decision making is beyond awful. He'd much rather be flashy than effective. He's Mr Woo with pace.
27 Posted 09/10/2017 at 12:48:15
"I know we are struggling and not doing that great but Bolasie is quality through and through and he will come back a better player which will give us options going forward"
What are you basing that bold statement on?
In footballing terms, he is no spring chicken, so just wondering why you think he will come back better?
Not really a hard thing to look good against us when we were playing shite.
My overriding memory of him is where he made himself look like a twat on the touch line, unmarked and trying to act like a smartarse and lost control of the ball for a throw in.
I hope he comes back as fast as he was, as we are sorely missing some pace I doubt it though
28 Posted 09/10/2017 at 13:43:29
29 Posted 09/10/2017 at 14:07:36
30 Posted 09/10/2017 at 14:41:16
I truly believe Koeman's job has been made that much harder by not having these two, as it has by not replacing Lukaku.
31 Posted 09/10/2017 at 14:46:23
33 Posted 09/10/2017 at 21:41:31
Eduardo was clearly not the same after his injury. It's also a lot different coming back from a major injury as a teenager (Barkley) than when your 28 (Coleman).
The injury Coleman sustained means that it is almost inconceivable he will return the same player. He was at his peak.
Bolasie did an ACL & has had 2 operations on his knee. He will not be as quick. Again, that is virtually certain. But as he was very, very quick anyway, he will still have very good pace. But he can't be the same. You don't do an ACL & come back the same. You just don't.
I don't particularly rate Bolasie & thought that in terms of age, fee & "productivity", it was a bad buy. However, as the construction of this squad has been mis-managed ,we really miss him as he has qualities that we just don't possess and his presence would provide the team with some much needed pace and balance.
It's strange. When we signed Bolasie and were then looking to get Sissoko (bullet dodged), I thought that there was a clear policy of trying to get more strength, pace and physicality into our team and midfield. Wanyama types. Since then we appear to have gone in a different direction.
The transfer policy is all over the place. They need to review the summer & sort things out before they spend anymore money. Spending another £20 million plus on Giroud, in his 30s, on massive wages, on something like a 3-year deal, makes very little sense to me.
34 Posted 10/10/2017 at 00:20:58
I like him but from what I saw he isn't going to offer much more than frustration. I think my main objection was that Koeman played him come rain or shine often at the expense of Ross yet when Bolasie got injured, our form improved.
Hope he comes back fit but under a different manager.
35 Posted 10/10/2017 at 00:26:02
You know Seamus reads TW?
How? You been hacking him?
Seriously though, I think Seamus is a wonderful player born at the wrong time like Leighton. Those two full backs would easily have got into our Championship sides of the 80s.
36 Posted 10/10/2017 at 19:33:53
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