Everton's Yannick Bolasie set for second operation on his knee

Everton winger Yannick Bolasie is to undergo a second bout of surgery on his knee, manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed.

Bolasie, 27, is expected to be sidelined for the majority of 2017 after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage during the 1-1 draw against Manchester United in December.

The DR Congo international previously underwent an operation after picking up the injury and Koeman says he is set for more surgery next month.

"Yannick has his second surgery in early March," Koeman told a news conference. "The surgery was expected because his first surgery was about his meniscus, now what will happen at the beginning of March is about his cruciate.

"It is difficult to put a timescale because normally a cruciate can be six, seven, eight months. We had to repair the meniscus and then wait until his knee was ready to have the second operation.

"He was in several times during the week. He was OK, really positive, working hard to come back, but like every player in that situation you get difficult moments in a day, difficult moments in the week. He is positive about coming back as strong as possible."