Bolasie 'coping well' as second surgery approaches

Friday 17 February 2017  28 Comments  [Jump to last]

Yannick Bolasie is remaining upbeat despite having months of rehabilitation ahead of him once he has undergone a second operation on his injured knee.

The Congolese international has been out of action since early December after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and sustaining damage to the meniscus in his knee in an innocuous-looking challenge with Manchester United's Anthony Martial.

Bolasie has gone under the knife once already and is scheduled for another surgery next month in the hope of returning to the team before the end of the year.

Speaking in the Liverpool Echo, Bolasie says that the change to his normal training routines at Crystal Palace after he joined Everton for £25m last August may have caused the injury.

The 28-year-old went down following a collision with Martial in the 1-1 draw and although he was able to get back to his feet and return to the game, he quickly realised that something was wrong.

“When I got the injury, it was strange,” he explained. “It hurt for about 20 seconds. I tried to get up and play again, but when I did get up and tried to carry on, I felt something was wrong in my leg.

“[When I got to the changing room, it started to pain me more and more. There was a feeling of shock and I could see my knee swelling and I knew this one didn't look great.

“I don't blame Martial, because it's a thing I do all the time,” he said. “I'm always stretching and I'm always in contact with someone.

“I wasn't in my normal routine. At Crystal Palace, I had my routine — I was all right, I knew what was going on in my body.

“But when you move [to a new club], you start doing different training methods. You don't realise that other places in your body are getting tight and you still carry on.

"Right now I'm preparing my leg to be in the best condition it can be for the second operation. I'm starting to see the light a little bit.

“It's a long time without playing football, and I've been playing football for the last 10-15 years. At the moment I'm coping with it well.”

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Joe O'Brien
1 Posted 18/02/2017 at 01:00:03
Best of luck in the op, Yannick, and get back on the field soon bud.
Andrew Presly
2 Posted 18/02/2017 at 01:57:16
All the best & thankfully we can afford this to happen. If it was Rom there's no Plan B.

I personally wasn't impressed with the signing, fee, or performances but he's a good lad.

Geoff Lambert
3 Posted 18/02/2017 at 02:26:20
He is an option that might have given us all the points at the likes of Stoke and Borough.

I don't think he will be the same after this operation, As his main attribute is his burst of speed, which always seems to diminish after this type of injury.

Good luck anyway, lad, and I hope I am wrong.

Don Alexander
4 Posted 18/02/2017 at 02:41:15
To be fair to the lad, he's speaking honestly and I just hope, and I'm sure he does, that he makes a full recovery to become the guy that regularly tore us a new arsehole when he was playing for Palace.
Malcolm Kitchen
5 Posted 18/02/2017 at 03:09:37
Hi, Don, I like the analogy – he certainly ripped us at Goodison!

Bit harsh, Andrew, I agree on the fee though, £22m should have been tops! Hopefully his knee will be okay, he has got pace to burn!

And I don't agree with Yannick; Martial sent him flying & with the ground falling away off the pitch that twisted his knee – nowt do with training regimes!

Mark Andersson
6 Posted 18/02/2017 at 05:36:07
Hope he makes a full recovery. Off the field, he seems like a decent bloke.
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 18/02/2017 at 06:42:24
Wishing him the best. Loved watching him, our most exciting player for the first three months of the season.
John Malone
8 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:19:27
Hope the lad makes a full recovery asap but, if I'm being honest, I'm glad he's out the team and I'm not surprised him being out coincided with the team's form improving.

I can only remember him impressing in one game which was against a really poor Sunderland; the rest of the games, I thought he was average. You'd never see a player who plays like him as a mainstay in a top four team; you just never know what your going to get from him!!

I'll be glad to see him back fit and see how he is after he is a bit more settled in the squad. I think he has qualities to offer but I'm not so sure he will be an Everton stalwart for years to come!

Tony Cheek
9 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:24:55
Years back, this would have been a career finishing injury. Just hope that he gets back to 100% fitness and keeps that pace. Best of luck, Yannick!
Charlie Lloyd
10 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:47:04
Like most here I have a concern that he may not recover fully and may be not quite the player he was. Shame really as he got his big move and has been unable to show his talent over a sustained period.

Best of luck, Yannick – hope I'm wrong.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 18/02/2017 at 07:51:16
He was comfortably our most consistent wide player before injury and who knows what level he might be at now if he'd stayed fit and improved in line with the rest of the team.

Best of luck to him.

Liam Reilly
12 Posted 18/02/2017 at 08:12:28
It takes a certain mental strength to avoid rushing back from this type of injury and hopefully this lad has it.

I remember reading Roy Keane's autobiography where both he and Lee Sharpe were out at the same time with similar injuries but Sharpe rushed back, whilst Keane listened to advice.

That was the beginning of the end for Sharpe's career.

Steve Ferns
13 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:03:00
I wish him all the best.
Chris Gould
14 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:44:10
I also think that he was one of the better performers when the team was playing poorly. No reason to think that he wouldn't have improved along with the rest of the team. He offers a lot more than Mirallas. I'm gutted he's out.
Tony Hill
15 Posted 18/02/2017 at 09:53:21
He's 28 in May so I'm certainly not giving up on him. This time next year we ought to see him back perhaps. He may have to adapt his game but I think he may yet have much to offer.
Richard Humphrey
16 Posted 18/02/2017 at 10:52:01
Hope the lad comes back even stronger. He is just what we are lacking at the moment, a bit of unpredictability.
Brian Furey
17 Posted 18/02/2017 at 12:17:30
Surprised to read he might be back this season. Surely he'd be better resting it until next season but the medical team know best.

I'm looking forward to seeing him Lukaku and Lookman as a front 3. I wonder is he friendly with Lookman?

Can't understand what some people want from their wingers.

Steve Ferns
18 Posted 18/02/2017 at 13:38:19
He won't be back this season for sure. By the end of this year, they mean December, not May.
Brian Williams
19 Posted 18/02/2017 at 13:54:43
Yeah, they're referring to the calendar year!
Dean Cooper
20 Posted 18/02/2017 at 14:10:58
I like Bolasie, and I think he was a good player for us in the first half of his season here. But even if he returns to full fitness pre-injury, after the rise of Tom Davies and the purchase of Schneiderlin, I don't see him fitting into our starting XI anymore.
John G Davies
21 Posted 18/02/2017 at 15:53:40
Bolasie is a great crosser of the ball when running at full pace. He tried too hard at times in games,trying to beat a man when he could have got the cross in. Over-doing it to show the fans he is a good player.

I look forward to his return asap

Peter Fearon
23 Posted 19/02/2017 at 13:14:51
I hope he makes a full recovery but it is a shame that a player of Deulofeu's quality is doing so well in Milan while Bolasie is hobbled. We should have held on to Geri. Bolasie, for all his explosive pace, has very little end product and no-one can say what he will be like when he comes back at the end of his rehab. It's not like we ever saw a man-of-the-match performance before his injury.
David Hallwood
24 Posted 19/02/2017 at 15:33:46
I found Bolasie infuriating and inconsistent; that being said, it would've been interesting how he would've performed now that the squad understands the Koeman way.

We can only hope that he has a speedy recovery but, like another poster mentioned, players usually lose that burst of pace with injuries like this, and of course even with a speedy recovery, he faces a long, long way back to full match fitness.

Chris Corn
25 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:17:33
Peter (#23), Deulofeu was being told by his manager two weeks ago that he expected more. I believe he's done well last week but he's hardly set the world alight, which pretty much sums his career with Everton up.

Bolasie is just the victim of his price tag. He has undoubted ability and some of his crossing into the box is quality. He also created some clear-cut chances earlier in the season that would have seen his assist ratio improve had they been converted. He also gets credit from me for his route into the Premier League. He kept believing when in the lower and non-leagues and took his chance at the big time with both hands. Seems like Lookman is doing the same.

He always tried to make things happen on the pitch. Sometimes it didn't come off but he offered more to the team than the other fella, in my opinion. Get fit soon, Yannick.

Robert Leigh
26 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:18:55
Peter (#23) – Deulofeu isn't pulling up trees in Milan; one assist and a couple of 90 minutes. Lookman has done more in his 2 and a bit games...

I love Del Boy but he had his chance at the start of the season, got a telling off from Koeman and then didn't wake up, unlike Ross has. I'm happy to have him back but he doesn't get in the team for me, just on the bench.

A new winger is required though; Kev is almost 30, Lennon isn't good enough and Bolasie is injured. Willian isn't getting a game at Chelsea!

Tony Draper
27 Posted 19/02/2017 at 16:51:18
I really hope that Yannick makes progress. He's showing the upbeat Oviedo attitude (all the very best, BTW, Bryan – your attitude is utterly flawless).

First off, injuries are not the player's own fault.

Second, I see Ronald & Erwin influencing some receptive players in really important ways (Barkley, Lukaku and Robles).

Third, despite contrary rumours, we have young players not just playing but shining (Davies, Holgate and Lookman and Robles again).

Fourth: Yannick likes Big Rom (so do I... big time!) I want Big Rom to see out his career in "The Royal Blue Jersey", so I want Yannick to help this happen.

Bolasie has been a "bit brilliant, bit disappointing" player even before Everton. Ronald & Erwin are altering the mindset. So the more players that buy in, the fewer remain adhering, deluded, bewildered or lost to the ways of "MacDreich" or "El Bizzarro".

Ron & Erwin have not come to Everton for a "fast buck", because they can't afford that. Success or Success.

Personally I genuinely believe, if the brothers Koeman reignite the fire around St Rupert's Tower (and they can), then they won't be handmaids walking barefoot in the footsteps of the predictable.

True generals want to win wars in their own name, not maintain the greatness of long gone, venerated legends.

I'm hoping that Ronald Koeman wants Evertonians to polish the many stars of his success, not to depart and be handed a tin of Brasso at a club that automatically rolls over wimps, season after season.

As a player, Ronald's seasons prior to joining Barca were our "Glory Days".

Bring it on home, Ronald... create your own dynasty. Your "Royal Blue Dynasty".

Joe O'Brien
28 Posted 19/02/2017 at 20:05:17
With the big teams kept apart, besides Chelsea and Man Utd, it looks like a top 6 side that will win the cup. If United beat Southampton in the League Cup Final, 7th should be able to get us into the Europa League. Happy days.
Brian Furey
29 Posted 19/02/2017 at 21:40:53
Still a lot of ifs and buts, Joe, and hopefully Man Utd don't want the Europa League or else it's just 5th & 6th.

I see Deulofeu has scored for Milan tonight. Their fans seem keen on him and are talking about buying him in their forums. I'd say he won't want to come back to Koeman.

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