By Danny Wright

Everton attacker Yannick Bolasie has confirmed that he is back in training with the first-team after almost a year out of action with a serious knee injury.

Bolasie, 28, suffered cruciate knee ligament damage in Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United last December and has since undergone a series of operations to get himself back on the playing field.

On Wednesday, the former Crystal Palace ace announced the major injury boost on his personal Twitter account ahead of Thursday’s Europa League game against Atalanta.

“Your boy is back,” he said, with pictures of himself in training with the first-team at Finch Farm.

Bolasie joined Everton from Palace last summer in a deal worth a staggering £25million, but has only managed to play 15 times before suffering an agonising set-back.

The DR Congo international has constantly kept fans updated about his rehabilitation and although the Atalanta game on Thursday may come too soon for him, the fact he is back in first-team training is a major boost for him and the Merseyside club as a whole.

Everton’s clash with Italian outfit Atalanta this week is effectively a dead-rubber tie for David Unsworth’s men, who have already failed to secure enough points to keep themselves in contention to qualify for the knock-out rounds.

Atalanta are currently top of Group E and know that they could qualify regardless of their result if Lyon beat Apollon Limassol in the other game on Thursday.

In other Everton news, fans have raged on Twitter after the odds were slashed on this Champions League manager to fill the current Goodison Park vacancy.

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