Everton winger Yannick Bolasie has revealed that he will return to the club’s training ground next week, but is unsure when he will be back on the pitch.
The 28-year-old has been on the sidelines for almost a year after suffering cruciate ligament damage in December 2016.
Since moving to the Merseyside club from Crystal Palace for £25m last year, Bolasie has made 13 Premier League appearances.
While the 28-year-old may not have a date in mind for his comeback, there are indications that it is not too far away.
He told Sky Sports News:
“I haven’t set a date yet for that return. I can’t really say right now. I’m back in on Monday at Everton. I’m probably going to be integrated with the team then, but comeback I don’t know. I want to make sure I’m feeling good. It’s not just my name on my shirt on the pitch; I want to make sure it’s me.”
It is no secret that Everton have been lacking in the final third, and even though Bolasie is not a striker – which the club desperately need – he can be an option in attack.
The Congo international impressed when he arrived at Goodison Park last year, starting 12 league matches before being struck down with injury.
It is clear that the fans are keen to see Bolasie back on the pitch, but the expectations must not be too high given the amount of time that he has been on the sidelines.
Most good players eventually regain their best form after an injury, but the jury is still out on whether the Everton winger can bounce back quickly.