Bolasie back doing ball work as recovery continues

Wednesday, 27 September, 2017 23comments  |  Jump to most recent

Yannick Bolasie's rehabilitation has reached the stage where he can begin work outside as he targets a return to action before the end of the year.

The Congolese winger has been in recovery since last December from a knee injury that required successive surgeries to repair his meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament and his initial prognosis ranged from a year to even longer on the sidelines.

He tweeted a video of himself at Finch Farm doing dribbling drills that showed both his nimbleness on both legs but also his delight at being back training on grass:


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John Smith
1 Posted 27/09/2017 at 07:42:31
Great to see him back on the grass. That injury was so badly timed. As he was just starting to get assists as well as rival Lukaku for goal scoring opportunities giving him competition up front.
Danny Broderick
2 Posted 27/09/2017 at 07:53:23
We need him back!
Tony Marsh
3 Posted 27/09/2017 at 08:20:13
No good to us. Bolasie isn't a Number 10 but maybe family guy James McCarthy can be a Number 10. He will fit perfectly into the Koeman system.


Derek Knox
4 Posted 27/09/2017 at 08:27:42
Yes, at last, some good news; his pace has been missed. I just hope he can fit in when he eventually returns to first-team action.
Trevor Lynes
5 Posted 27/09/2017 at 08:37:33
He can fit in ahead of any of the new buys we have made... get some pace and strength into the team and provide some attacking threat.
Liam Reilly
6 Posted 27/09/2017 at 08:37:45
Looks like the backroom staff are managing his and Coleman's injuries well and not rushing them back. This gives them more of a chance of sustaining their recovery.

Hopefully their pace won't suffer and we'll get two quality players back.

Dermot Byrne
7 Posted 27/09/2017 at 09:08:02
Bolasie and Coleman back fit would change the pace of the team so much and then perhaps, just perhaps, we may see a different TW mood after the January transfer window! I may stop the anti-depressants then.
David Morgan
8 Posted 27/09/2017 at 09:22:33
Bolasie was supposed to be a Koeman signing from what I read. Yet he doesn't use wingers in his formation and didn't sign any wingers over the summer, seems odd. I do know there is a hole as big as the one in the ozone layer on our left wing waiting for him though.

From his brief spell in the team last year you could see his crossing was nice and could be ideal for Calvert Lewin. Or a January window target man unless Niasse is any good in the air? I don't know...

Tony Graham
9 Posted 27/09/2017 at 09:35:00
Yeah but he's wide and pacey... will he get a game?
James Morgan
10 Posted 27/09/2017 at 09:38:49
Great to see him back with a ball at his feet. If Ronald realises that, instead of playing with seven number tens and actually using a winger or two gets us up the pitch and causes problems for opposition defenders, we will have a half decent selection when they're all fit and available.

Bolasie, Vlasic, Lookman, Mirallas and Lennon. Not quite Willian and Pedro but not bad.

Sam Hoare
11 Posted 27/09/2017 at 09:49:11
I would love him and Coleman to come back as strong as they were before but imagine that is unlikely? Any medical practitioners out there who can tell us what chances of players making a full recovery and not having lost a yard of pace after such bad injuries?

Either way, it will be great to have them both back as, even if they have lost a yard or two, they'd still be quicker than most of Koeman's preferred XI.

Jimmy Salt
12 Posted 27/09/2017 at 12:02:24
Can he play Number 10?
Lee Brownlie
13 Posted 27/09/2017 at 12:16:20
I want to see this big lad back!! We need that width he'll bring alongside his power!!!
Dale Rose
14 Posted 27/09/2017 at 12:24:27
Great news, badly missed along with Seamus.
Will Mabon
15 Posted 27/09/2017 at 13:29:16
Sam, I'm no medical practitioner but, from my own experience, broken legs/bones are "better" to recover from, and providing there was no significant soft tissue damage at the site, tendons, lost/compromised muscle etc and if good alignment is achieved, most seem to recover to as before, the work to regain the fitness being the biggest problem.

Serious joint injuries are always the worst thing, but recovery varies widely. In both cases, a big factor in the outcome can be an individual's own natural processes of healing.

As I said, no expert. Maybe someone who is will add more.

Brian Williams
16 Posted 27/09/2017 at 14:08:42
Will (#15).

True, mate with regard to "clean breaks" with no complications. The site of the break is actually slightly stronger after recovery, I believe.

Lee Jackson
17 Posted 27/09/2017 at 15:01:50
Great, great news. Bolasie – whilst sometimes the typical winger in drifting in and out of games – has something no-one else in our squad has: he has the ability to frighten defenders.

Maybe Lookman also has that ability with his pace and dynamism but, as he never gets a chance to play, we probably won't ever know.

John G Davies
18 Posted 27/09/2017 at 16:44:43
It will be a massive boost when Bolasie is back fully fit. The team will benefit from his pace and crossing. A netter with pace and Coleman back and it's onwards and upwards.

Team will be a lot more balanced.

James Marshall
19 Posted 27/09/2017 at 19:41:55
All those twists and tricks can't be good for your knees.
Hugh Jenkins
20 Posted 27/09/2017 at 19:56:37
David (#8) – Isn't our new signing from Split (I can't remember how to spell his name), supposed to be a winger?
Will Mabon
21 Posted 27/09/2017 at 21:10:51
Hugh, Vlasic – currently going through conversion to midfielder.
Martin Mason
22 Posted 28/09/2017 at 09:17:46
I think that Vlasic and Bolasie will give us that much needed pace out wide if the Coach will play them.
Jamie Evans
23 Posted 29/09/2017 at 09:38:53
Can't come soon enough

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