Everton winger Yannick Bolasie says he wants to get back to first team action before Christmas.
The former Palace man was injured in an innocuous collision with Manchester United striker Anthony Martial last season and says that he wants to get back to action before the New Year.
A return in December would mean that Bolasie had been out of action for 12 months after his big money move from Palace.
Bolasie had impressed before his injury, and many Evertonians feel his return can’t come quick enough.
“Getting back in December would be the best Christmas present,” he said. “A player like me always wants to be on the pitch.
“When I looked at the videos of the injury – before I got the results – you think it is only something small. But, for some reason, I had a feeling this injury was going to be long-term. I’ve had two operations, but that was the plan.
“Strangely, I think that having this injury will give me the composure that I have been looking for. I know that will take my game to another level. I am going to be subconsciously more cautious with any sharp movements, but that should improve my game massively.
“My old managers – Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis – always felt I would gain more composure with age. Now I have had this injury, I think it will come, but I don’t think I will lose my pace or my sprinting – and I feel strong already.”
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