Yannick Bolasie has described his return to action after a lengthy layoff as an 'overwhelming' experience.
After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament last December in an English Premier League clash against Manchester United, the DR Congo international needed two surgeries and many hours of physiotherapy to be able to make it out to the pitch - for Everton U23's loss to Leicester City.
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Bolasie who made a 30-minute cameo as the young Toffees surrendered a lead to lose 2-1 to their hosts said he 'felt good', and has stated his desire to be with the first team.
“Playing again was overwhelming. When I got on I felt good. I knew about two weeks ago I was going to play in this game so it’s good," Bolasie told EvertonTv.
“There wasn’t any nerves! Now that I’ve played the 30 minutes there isn’t any. Maybe before there was some because it’s been a long time. Training is training – it’s totally different in the matches when it matters so, yes, I’m happy.
“I want to be with the [first team] boys. Right now the team is doing really well so you’re going to have to try to fight your way in but there’s no rush for myself. I know what my role is because a year out of football means it will be a month or two before I’m really back at it but the main thing is that I feel okay.
“Just the smell of grass again in the game was great.”
With Everton set for a busy December schedule, Bolasie's return will provide the Merseysiders more options in the attacking third as they continue their rejuvenation under Sam Allardyce.