Everton midfielder Yannick Bolasie admits no date has been set for his return to first-team action, following the cruciate knee ligament damage he suffered in December.
The 28-year old, who joined the Toffees’ from Crystal Palace for £25m in 2016, confirmed he is due to return to Finch Farm for further tests next week but stopped short of setting a date for his footballing return.
“I haven’t set a date yet for that return. I can’t really say right now,” Bolasie told Sky Sports News when speaking at The Football Black List Awards.
“I’m back in on Monday at Everton. I’m probably going to be integrated with the team then, but comeback I don’t know.
“I want to make sure I’m feeling good. It’s not just my name on my shirt on the pitch; I want to make sure it’s me.”
Everton have endured a poor start to their Premier League season, winning three of their opening 11 games, with Ronald Koeman departing the club in October.
David Unsworth is in temporary charge of the side and led them to their first victory in eight outings when beating Watford 3-2 on Sunday, and Bolasie hopes the three points can kick-start their campaign.
“100 per cent we needed that,” the DR Congo international added. “It takes us out the bottom three and we can start looking up.”
“Unfortunately with the way the season’s gone it’s not been the best for us, but hopefully we can start picking up from now.”
The Football Black List Awards celebrate the contributions to the sport of people from African and Caribbean backgrounds. Former Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and England defender Ugo Ehiogu, who died in April aged 44, had the One to Watch award named after him. It was the same honour he received from the Football Black List in March shortly before he died.