Fears that Bolasie could be out for a year

Thursday 8 December 2016  24 Comments  [Jump to last]
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Yannick Bolasie is scheduled to see two specialists to assess the damage done to his knee amid concerns that the injury is worse than initially thought.

The winger came off midway through the second half of last Saturday's 1-1 draw with Manchester United with what has since been preliminarily diagnosed as a ruptured cruciate knee ligament.

He crumpled under an innocuous-looking collision with Anthony Martial, received treatment by the touchline and returned to the match for a couple of minutes before it was obvious he could no longer continue.

Ronald Koeman indicated in his press conference this afternoon that Bolasie had travelled to London to have the knee fully assessed and a second opinion will be sought to confirm that he hasn't also damaged either the meniscus or medial ligament in the knee before he undergoes surgery next week.

“It's really a big injury,” Koeman told the press corps. “He had a scan last Monday, out of that scan came [that] it's the cruciate ligaments. And maybe something more in his knee but they need to control now and do a scan again, really about the state of the injury.

“Maybe it's necessary that we really need to sign somebody in that position," he explained.

Meanwhile, Everton's other ACL casualty from this season, Muhamed Besic, is back in light training and still on course to return in mid-February next year.

The Bosnian damaged his own anterior cruciate knee ligament in pre-season but has been pictured running at Finch Farm.

“It's going well with Mo,” Koeman told the media last Friday before the United game. “He's maybe back in training with the team in the beginning of February or [mid-February] and that's good because we need everybody fit.”  

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Phil Gardner
1 Posted 09/12/2016 at 00:06:24
I'm now sure that this ground was built on an ancient Aboriginal burial ground. We're cursed, we really are!
Gavin Johnson
2 Posted 09/12/2016 at 00:17:31
Awful news. Gotta wonder if he'll come back the same player after this kind of injury. Pace has so much to do with his game.
Anthony Dwyer
3 Posted 09/12/2016 at 00:36:56
Only at Everton can the new marquee signing have a career threatening injury 10 games into his Everton career.

Paul Kossoff
4 Posted 09/12/2016 at 01:12:42
So sad for him and us, it's another Kone, when will our luck change? Does this injury affect the transfer fee as in how many games he plays Palace get a bigger fee?

Hope he gets back to full fitness.

James Watts
5 Posted 09/12/2016 at 01:12:44
Chin up lads, we have Cleverley in that left winger role too look forward too.

Barry Jones
6 Posted 09/12/2016 at 02:38:29
Gavin, I have the same concerns. With ACL ops, they often used either tissue from a cadaver or tissue from the donor from the thigh. The former has rejection issues and the latter can definitely result in a loss of some pace.
Nick Swallow
7 Posted 09/12/2016 at 02:43:10
Barry, I did my ACL and they took the tissue from the hamstring
Gordon Crawford
8 Posted 09/12/2016 at 03:32:43
This is just horrific by the sounds of it. I wish him a speedy recovery. :(
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 09/12/2016 at 04:16:07
Gavin #2, spot on. Even if he's back on the pitch sometime next season, it'll likely be another year before he's back at full speed.

Recovering his pace won't be the problem. Side-to-side mobility is a much greater challenge.

Wishing him the best.

Phil Sammon
10 Posted 09/12/2016 at 06:19:23
Awful for both Bolasie and EFC. It's hard to take any positives out of this... but I really hope Deulofeu sees this as a big opportunity to salvage a career that is stalling.

Come on, Everton. Stop being shit!

Laurie Hartley
11 Posted 09/12/2016 at 07:33:51
Does anyone know how to Tweet him?

Absolutely terrible news – the lad is going to be seriously down in the dumps at the moment and is going to need all the support that can be mustered.

Colin Glassar
12 Posted 09/12/2016 at 07:53:20
Duncan McDine
13 Posted 09/12/2016 at 08:21:27
Phil Sammon, that last line cracked me up! It mirrors my feelings perfectly.
Eddie Dunn
14 Posted 09/12/2016 at 09:05:53
My heart goes out to him. At least he will have every chance of a full recovery.

To put it in perspective, I bumped into a lad last week who sometimes plays five-a-side with us, and he had a partial rupture of the AC ligament, and had waited 3 months to see a specialist and will wait who knows how long to get it operated on. He is only 27. Meanwhile he is walking with a limp.

Ciarán McGlone
15 Posted 09/12/2016 at 10:42:39
This is simply a comment on his ability... after all, whatever, I think of him he's still our record signing and the first name on Koeman's team sheet.

But, I think Bolasie is a big part of the problem at the moment. Despite his assists, he is a player who appears to want to do something spectacular every time he gets the ball. There is no bigger picture – 'What can I do to wow everybody'.

A lot of our supposed offensive players seem to be infected with this – Barkley, Deulofeu, Mirallas, Lukaku – they all seem to overcarry and give the ball away.

For me, Bolasie is the worst offender. Just a comment on his football, by the way, before the pitchforks and torches appear...

Shane Corcoran
16 Posted 09/12/2016 at 10:43:33
I echo the sympathy for Bolasie but spare us the hard luck stories lads.

ToffeeWeb is so much better when we analyse what we actually see on the pitch rather than thinking that poor old Everton have more bad luck than anyone else.

Brian Harrison
17 Posted 09/12/2016 at 10:50:58
I can remember when this type of injury meant the end of your football career. It just shows how things have improved that it looks like he may be out for a year. While it's never nice for a player to get this injury, it provides an opportunity for someone else.
Jack Convery
18 Posted 09/12/2016 at 12:33:30
I wish him well. He will get the best of everything to aid his recovery. I wish the population at large could get the kind of treatment he is going to receive at the speed he will get it. That's were the bad luck really lies.

Chin up, Yannick, we look forward to seeing you back in the blue of EFC.

Roger Helm
19 Posted 09/12/2016 at 13:13:34
A great shame for the lad. A shame for the club too, as he is now at the peak of his physical condition, and for a player who is all about speed and power rather than skill, when he comes back to full recovery he will be nearly 30, with an operated knee, so it seems we have already seen the best of him.

Let's hope it stimulates some backs-to-the-wall spirit in the remaining players. I remember in the Moyes years when all our strikers were injured and we played Timmy and Fellaini as twin strikers!

Kase Chow
20 Posted 09/12/2016 at 00:21:46
In football terms this is a tragedy for Bolasie and Everton.

The chap may never fully recover. Bad for him and bad when you consider he's our record signing.

Laurie Hartley
21 Posted 10/12/2016 at 07:47:33
Thanks, Colin.
Neil Rogers
22 Posted 10/12/2016 at 16:19:58
I agree with Ciaran. Bolasie has been very very poor. He started off the season well for the first five games but has been awful for the rest of them. He constantly loses the ball all the time, is a poor crosser of the ball, and has one solitary goal – a poor signing... especially for the amount of money we paid.
Barry Jones
23 Posted 10/12/2016 at 16:25:57
So Nick #7, how were things for you after recovery and rehab? I presume you are a sportsman, so did you notice any difference?
Geoff Brown
24 Posted 11/12/2016 at 22:12:12
Jack (#18), I'm with you there.

My wife had cruciate and medial ligament damage in a road traffic accident and it took her 18 months to walk again properly. I (unqualified) had to organise an excruciating period of physio every day.

Yannick will no doubt have the best treatment available, but it 's hard work – hope he makes it!

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