By Danny Wright
Yannick Bolasie is finding inspiration from Brazilian legend Ronaldo as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury.
The Everton star was ruled out for the remainder of the season after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in early December in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.
Ronaldo also suffered with a number of knee injuries during his glittering career and Bolasie has said in an interview with BBC Sport that the Brazilian World Cup winner’s resolve is something he wants to aspire to.
“The inspiration to stay positive comes from my idol Ronaldo because he suffered a serious knee injury three times in his career, yet he never gave up” Bolasie said.
“These things tend to have a terrible effect on your state of mind but when you are mentally strong you can deal with it.
“I’ve seen many people go down with one and never come back but you can only stay positive and hope to bounce back stronger.”
The former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker once suffered a knee injury that kept him out of action for 15 months. He suffered a complete rupture of a tendon in his knee during his first game since returning from a knee injury that had kept him out for five months before that.
However Ronaldo put the injury horrors behind him to lead Brazil to the 2002 World Cup, scoring two goals in the 2-0 win over Germany in the final.
Ronald Koeman revealed on Thursday that the former Crystal Palace man will undergo surgery for the second time on his knee injury.
Bolasie arrived at Goodison Park for a fee worth up to £28million in the summer and enjoyed a decent start to life on Merseyside.
He struck up a good partnership with Romelu Lukaku and picked up one goal and four assists in the Premier League.
In other Everton news, the club are in pole position to sign a European sensation.