The winger made his first start for Everton in over a year when he turned out against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day, more than 12 months after he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament and tore meniscus in his knee.
He went through two surgeries and months of patient rehabilitation before returning for the Under-23s to get game time earlier this month and is now back in the first-team fold.
His injury came just four months into his Everton career and at a time when the team was struggling to find its best form after a decent start to the season under Ronald Koeman.
The 29-year-old hopes to now not only get back to his best and show Blues fans what he can do but he feels he could return a better player.
“Personally, I've played down the injury massively because it was career-threatening. But to be back where I am today is incredible and I want to thank the staff at Everton, the medical staff, my personal physio and my family for sticking by me, because it's been a long old journey.
“Hopefully I can carry on and get stronger now.
“There are times when you don't know where the end of the road is, or you don't know when you're going to be back playing or training. It's hard to see.
“When I started seeing a little bit of light for myself, that was great. But playing again has just been a blessing.
“I didn't want to come back and just have my name on my shirt and not be the same kind of player. But on Tuesday I felt that with a bit more match sharpness I'll probably be even better.”
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1 Posted 28/12/2017 at 19:29:10
2 Posted 28/12/2017 at 19:29:45
Now enough of that, he'd better be brill!
3 Posted 28/12/2017 at 21:36:15
Don't make Dermot angry...
4 Posted 28/12/2017 at 21:37:23
5 Posted 28/12/2017 at 22:38:24
He's a good lad and I wish him all the very best of luck though as he gets back up to speed.
6 Posted 28/12/2017 at 23:56:40
7 Posted 29/12/2017 at 00:29:15
To come back with the right positive attitude is great to see and a credit. Plus, any flair from Yala to add to the paint-drying drek of these past few matches is welcomed with open arms!
8 Posted 29/12/2017 at 05:09:24
Thank god some of you guys aren't in the medical field. Nobody would ever get better from anything.
Fans need to be optimistic and that will also give Bolasie a continued positive outlook, particularly if he reads these posts. I think you will be even greater than you ever were before.
9 Posted 29/12/2017 at 06:35:46
Everton fans are long, long overdue a truly talismanic player a guy who plays for the club and is world class. Could Bolasie be that player? Maybe Rooney for a couple of years? Kenny? Calvert-Lewin? Barkley (if he stays)? Any one!
10 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:01:00
If he gets close to doing that, it will be a great achievement. I am hoping for it to happen and willing him to give his all in getting there. Overcoming his injuries showed us how tough this guy is.
I'm betting on him getting back to his best.
11 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:03:56
12 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:11:31
Lost a testicle, then suffered fractured skull and jaw... Doctor's unsure whether he would be able to play again... of course, the rest is history and a record that still stands today.
13 Posted 29/12/2017 at 09:35:59
14 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:06:33
15 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:12:02
Yannick plays with a smile on his face and that's always a good thing.
16 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:12:19
19 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:58:39
20 Posted 29/12/2017 at 10:59:21
21 Posted 29/12/2017 at 11:30:44
Anyone with talent can and does walk out onto a pitch, but it's the ones with the right application that make it something a lot of supporters would do well to remember when they talk about our own players or the players they want us to sign.
It isn't always about talent or skill, it's the mentality they have that makes the best players. Bolasie has the right approach in my view, despite what some think about him and his final ball etc, he will keep going, and will keep trying to do the things he believes in. I like that in a player.
28 Posted 30/12/2017 at 00:24:00
Improvements in his shooting & getting head up before final pass or cross needed urgently. Urgently.
29 Posted 30/12/2017 at 01:08:59
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