Bolasie: I just thank God I’m able to wake up and be healthy

Facing a year out from football, Everton favourite Yannick Bolasie would have every reason to feel sorry for himself. But his belief in God is helping the winger recover from his devastating cruciate injury.

Bolasie is expected to be out until 2018 after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in a seemingly innocuous challenge with Anthony Martial during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in December.

Yet despite the injury ruining his flying first season with the Toffees, he remains amazingly upbeat. In an exclusive video interview with Dressing Room DJ, Bolasie said: “I just thank God for being able to wake up and be healthy, and do what I’ve got to do. I can’t do certain things by myself and you’re frustrated, but it makes you realise that just having two feet and walking, you’re all right.”

Bolasie is staying fit at the Back 2 Action injury rehab centre in Bristol before facing another operation in March.

Speaking in a break from his gym work, the DR Congo international insisted he didn’t blame Martial for his injury. Bolasie said: “I don’t blame Martial, because it’s a thing I do all the time. I’m always stretching and I’m always in contact with someone.”

Instead, Bolasie believes that getting used to Everton’s training regime compared to his former club Crystal Palace’s workouts may have contributed to the damage. Bolasie, who joined Everton from Palace for £25m in August 2016, explained: “I wasn’t in my normal routine. At Crystal Palace, I had my routine – I was all right, I knew what was going on in my body.

“But when you move, you start doing different training methods. You don’t realise that other places in your body are getting tight and you still carry on. Next time, I’d know how to avoid it. But it happened. It’s a freak accident, but part of football.”

See our video above for the full interview with Bolasie, in which he reveals how he tried running off his ligament injury and his thoughts on the fractured skull suffered by Hull City’s Ryan Mason.