Everton winger Yannick Bolasie insists he will return a better player as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
The 27-year-old is currently on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament back in December.
He picked up the injury in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United and club doctors expect him to miss the next 10 months of action.
Bolasie’s injury came as a huge blow to boss Ronald Koeman as he had made a strong start to life at Goodison Park following his move from Crystal Palace last summer.
The club’s record signing is refusing to be downbeat though and is trying to take inspiration from Brazil legend Ronaldo.
The World Cup winner suffered multiple knee injuries over the years and Bolasie believes he can emulate his idol and return in better shape.
He told The Sun: “These things tend to have a terrible effect on your state of mind. I’ve seen many people go down with this injury and never come back.
But when you are mentally strong you can deal with it. “You can only stay positive and bounce back stronger.
That’s life. It happens to the best. My idol Ronaldo suffered a serious knee injury three times, but he still came back and did the business.
That is my motivation. “It shows what you can achieve if you set your mind to it and do not allow injury to stop you.
I need to be mentally strong to get through the different stages of rehab. It’s a slow process. But I know when I’ll be back, so it’s OK and I’m hand-ling it really well.”