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Yannick Bolasie sidelined for a year after suffering knee injury


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DR Congo’s national team have receive a huge blow ahead of 2017 AFCON as Yannick Bolasie will face a year on the sidelines due to an injury to his knee.

Everton’s record signing Yannick Bolasie has picked up an injury in the game against Manchester United after a collision with Anthony Martial that forced him out for the rest of the game.

It was initially expected that Yannick Bolasie would miss the remainder of the season but Everton’s boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that it is worse than first expected. The 27 year-old is now set to be out till the end of 2017.

The former Crystal Palace winger has undergone tests that confirmed he has hurt his anterior cruciate ligament, but it is feared that also the meniscus and medial ligaments have been affected according to Koeman.

“It is really a big injury for the boy. He had a scan last Monday and from that scan it is clear it’s the cruciate ligaments,” said Ronald Koeman.

“Maybe there’s something more in the knee but they need to control it and do a scan again to see about the state of the injury,” Koeman added.

Everton have confirmed that the DR Congo international is currently in London to receive medical advice about the surgery while the date for the surgery is set to be next week.

It’s worth noting that Yannick Bolasie is set to miss on the 2018 World Cup qualifiers set to take place in August and September. Bolasie’s DR Congo are in group A of the qualifiers with Libya, Tunisia and Guinea.

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