Grateful Yannick Bolasie has credited Everton’s medical staff with keeping him upbeat and focused during his year on the sidelines, saying he “couldn’t wish to be in a better place”.
Winger Bolasie hasn’t played football since suffering a serious knee injury against Manchester United last December but is finally closing on a return having stepped up his rehabilitation in recent weeks.
By his own admission, the 28-year-old has not always been the most patient patient but he insists the work he has done with physios at USM Finch Farm has both left him in top condition and helped him cope mentally with his 12-month absence from the game.
Speaking as a studio guest on Friday’s The Everton Show, Bolasie said: “It’s been a difficult road and I think the hardest part, obviously, is trying to stay in good shape. I did go all over the place at one point but now I’m in very good nick, so I’m happy.
“The medical team have been great with me and they gave me permission to get away when it was appropriate. The year out, to be honest, doesn’t feel like a year for me because it was broken up a lot and now I’m coming to the end. I’m just really looking forward to getting back.
“If you ask the medical staff, they’ll probably tell you I’ve been very moany! I guess that’s just down to the expectation and the demand that I put on myself to get back. But I know when I really need to be patient as well.
“Like I’ve always said, I couldn’t ask to be in a better place than I am. I’m still taking it each week as it comes and hopefully I’ll be back soon.”
Watch Yannick’s appearance on The Everton Show above.
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