Kone Makes Everton Comeback

Everton striker Arouna Kone is nearing first team football return after playing 55 minutes in a behind-closed-door friendly, according to the Premier League club manager Roberto Martinez.

The Ivory Coast international has been on the sidelines for about a year. He damaged the cartilage in his knee during a 2-1 win over Hull City last October.

Kone was Martinez’s first signing after succeeding David Moyes as the Goodison club manager in June 2013.

Aarouna Kone Has Been Out Since October.
Aarouna Kone Has Been Out Since October.

He started only one game for Everton- a League Cup win over Stevenage last August- and made five substitute appearances in the league.

The Spanish boss did not fix a particular date for Kone’s return to the first team squad.

The 30-year-old scored 11 league goals for Wigan under Martinez in the 2012/13 season, before they went on relegation after winning the FA Cup.