June 22, 2017 / 10:40 AM / 6 months ago

Everton's Bolasie seeks benefits of injury layoff

(Reuters) - Everton winger Yannick Bolasie expects to return from his serious knee injury a more cautious player, believing the approach will improve his composure on the ball and help him reach the next level.

Britain Football Soccer - Everton v Swansea City - Premier League - Goodison Park - 19/11/16 Everton's Yannick Bolasie during the warm up before the match Reuters / Andrew Yates Livepic

The speedy Congolese wide man was recruited by manager Ronald Koeman last August and made 13 Premier League appearances before sustaining a season-ending injury in December. He was ruled out for a year and has since undergone two surgeries.

The 27-year-old is confident he can return to action by the end of the year with a more settled approach that his former managers at Crystal Palace had predicted.

“Strangely, I think that having this injury will give me the composure that I have been looking for,” Bolasie told British media.

”I know that will take my game to another level. I am going to be subconsciously more cautious with any sharp movements, but that should improve my game massively.

”My old managers Alan Pardew and Tony Pulis always felt I would gain more composure with age.

“Now I have had this injury, I think it will come, but I don’t think I will lose my pace or my sprinting -- and I feel strong already.”

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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