Everton striker Arouna Kone has said that he is itching to get back into action following a year-long injury lay-off.
That’s because Kone suffered a knee cartilage injury in October last year and was ruled out for the rest of the 2013-14 campaign.
Last month, the 30-year-old made his long-awaited return from injury when he played in a behind-closed-doors game and was an unused substitute against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.
Kone has admitted that he is not 100% fit yet, but he is working hard to recover fully and play competitive football again.
'I would say I am at 70 per cent now in terms of the pain I am still feeling – I have got a slight twinge of pain from the injury', he told Everton's official website. 'In terms of physical fitness I would say I am nearer 80 per cent.
'It’s okay because you can control the pain when you are taking part in training sessions. The plays that you take part in and the actions in a session are different compared to a match.
'I still have to have conversations with the medical staff and the manager to find the opportune moment to make my comeback'.
Kone has proven experience in English football and his return to full fitness is only going to help Everton.
Roberto Martinez’s side have made a disappointing start to the 2014-15 season and are currently 17th in the Premier League table with six points from seven matches, just two points above the relegation zone.
The Toffees have not struggled for goals as they have scored 13 – as many as Manchester United and more than Arsenal; it is their defence that is causing problems, having shipped 16 goals already – more than bottom-side Queens Park Rangers,