Yannick Bolasie has insisted that he is getting 'stronger every day' as the Everton ace nears a return to full training after his lengthy injury lay-off.
The winger has spent the past 10 months on the treatment table with a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained during last December's home draw with Manchester United.
Bolasie posted an update on social media last week of him kicking a ball for the first time in almost a year and, speaking to the Toffees' official website about his ongoing recovery, the 28-year-old explained how great it felt to finally be back out tenatively passing a ball around.
Bolasie said: “It’s a beautiful feeling just to be out on the grass. I hadn’t posted anything on social media but when I did people thought maybe it was my first day. But, no, I’ve been back out there for a while now.
“I’m just happy to be back out there and moving about the way I can. I’m getting stronger by the day and I’m looking forward to coming back.
“There’s still a while to go but I’m happy with where I’m at. At this stage, I couldn’t ask to be in a better place and everything just seems like it’s clicking into place. I’ve got time to practice some things that I need to, so I’m happy.”
Bolasie has since received a huge influx of support from Evertonians, as well as idols like Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure, as he eyes a return to the first-team fold ahead of the Christmas period.
With only 13 Blues appearances to his name since his £28m switch in August 2016, Bolasie is now determined to prove his worth to the Goodison faithful when he eventually makes his first appearance for what seems like an eternity.
He added: “The support I’ve had has been incredible. When I posted the video, I didn’t expect to get that many retweets and that much support.
Can’t wait to see Yannick playing and enjoying his football again!!! 🙏🏿💎— Kevin Campbell (@1kevincampbell) September 26, 2017
“Obviously, to have big African icons that I look up to like Drogba and Yaya Toure supporting me as well, I would never have thought of that. It just makes me want to come back stronger.
“And also the fans. They’ve always been on my side since I’ve been injured. Now I’m looking forward to coming back and showing them what I really can do.
Having you back fit Yannick can't come quick enough, it's been a long time without you & an incredible decline too, likewise with Seamus!💙👍👏— Tommy (@bluescouse) October 6, 2017
“I believe they’ve seen a side of me at Crystal Palace and I’m sure I can provide that side but even better.
“When you have that many people watching your progress... I’m just happy and honoured. I feel like a lucky human being having that support.”