Yannick Bolasie has not played for Everton since December last year, but it looks as though he is edging closer to a return.
The 28-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury 10 months ago after making 16 appearances for the Toffees following a £25m switch from Crystal Palace.
It was a hammer blow to the winger, who had impressed in the early stages of his Everton career.
Now that Ronald Koeman’s side are struggling to pick up points – only seven from seven games in the Premier League – the fans are more desperate than ever to see Bolasie return.
The team have lacked cutting edge in the final third following the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer.
Wayne Rooney and Sandro Ramirez were bought as attacking options, but so far the team are struggling for goals having scored just four in the top flight.
In an interview with evertontv, Bolasie has spoken positively about his return to action now that he is able to train at Finch Farm.
— Everton (@Everton) October 6, 2017
As expected, Everton fans were very happy with what they heard, and some could not resist launching a dig at Koeman.
Can't wait for you to return. Need some pace in the team badly.
— Sayantan Bal (@sayantan_bal) October 6, 2017
Love ya Yannick
— ellie (@ellieq) October 6, 2017
Having you back fit Yannick can't come quick enough, it's been a long time without you & an incredible decline too, likewise with Seamus!💙👍👏
— Tommy (@bluescouse) October 6, 2017
Bet you can’t wait to get back and play as a holding midfielder or a right back . KOEMAN !!
— deano robertson (@deanorobertson_) October 6, 2017
We obviously need pace and you back Yannick but i would still say for your own benefit – in your own good time when 💯%
— Dave.Carr (@davecookiecarr) October 6, 2017
Lookin forward to u pulling on the blue shirt again Yannick
— Anthony Hart (@aihart73) October 6, 2017