Everton forward Yannick Bolasie is likely to be out for a year with serious knee injury, according to manager Ronald Koeman.
Bolasie injured his right knee during Everton’s draw with Man Utd on December 4 and had to be stretchered from the field.
It was later confirmed that the 27-year-old had suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage.
Bolasie has already undergone one operation and is set to go under the knife again in the coming weeks before he can properly begin his rehabilitation.
Speaking at Everton’s AGM Koeman confirmed we are unlikely to see Bolasie in action before 2018.
"It will be around 11-12 months before he is back. That is a big disappointment but he will come back."
Bolasie has made 16 appearances for Everton this season, including every league game, after joining from Crystal Palace for £25m in the summer.
Given the severity of the injury you have to question whether he will be the same player on his return, especially as he relies so heavily on his pace.
We can only hope Bolasie’s rehabilitation goes to plan and we see him pull on an Everton shirt again as soon as possible.