DR Congo and Everton winger Yannick Bolasie could be out for a year with a knee injury said Everton manager Ronald Koeman on Wednesday.
Bolasie injured his right knee during his side’s 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Dec. 4. The 27-year-old was taken off the pitch after a challenge with United’s Anthony Martial.
Already undergoing one operation on his anterior cruciate ligament, it is understood that Bolasie will have a second operation in the coming weeks.
“It will be around 11-12 months before he is back,” said Koeman. “That is a big disappointment but he will come back.”
The DR Congo international signed for Everton in the summer from Crystal Palace for £25m. Bolasie appeared in every game until his injury providing a serious threat down the flanks. Notching one goal and four assists he has proved to be a nuisance for any opposing side.
Since the crafty winger’s injury his side has won three matches, lost twice and drew against Hull City. The Merseyside club currently sit in seventh place, nine points behind United and one point ahead of West Bromwich Albion.
Unfortunately for Bolasie it will be a long road to recovery as he watches the remainder of the Toffees’ season from the sideline.
Koeman could look to bring in a replacement for the injured Bolasie this month and has been rumored to be keen on United’s Memphis Depay.
Everton take a break from Premier League action this weekend as they host Leicester City in the third round of the FA Cup.