Everton winger Yannick Bolasie
Friday Jan 06, 2017. 10:30
As the Democratic Republic of Congo got their 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations preparations underway, their winger Yannick Bolasie sustained an injury.
In the wake of that knee ligament injury, Everton manager Ronald Koeman has hinted that the winger could be out for a year.
The 27-year-old sustained the injury in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in December and has undergone the first of two operations.
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Koeman told the club's annual general meeting on Wednesday that the DR Congo international, who joined from Crystal Palace in the summer for a fee of around £25 million, will not return in time for the start of next season.
"He's optimistic," Koeman said. "It was difficult because it is a really long-term injury, he will be around 10, 11, 12 months and that is really disappointing.
"First for the player and then for the club and also the manager, because he was one of the good signings that the club made this summer, but, OK, he's still 27 years old, he will come back.
"He has a strong mentality and we are looking forward to when he is back on the pitch."
Florent Ibenge's side will miss the winger in the upcoming continental showpiece in Gabon starting this month until February.