Arouna Kone in Everton squad for Wolfsburg tie after 13 month injury hell

Arouna Kone

Ivorian striker Arouna Kone is in the Everton squad for tomorrow's Europa League campaign.

When Roberto Martinez left Wigan Athletic to become Everton manager he was always likely to bring several Wigan players with him.

The likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and James McCarthy all made the move as did Arouna Kone.

Kone had scored 13 goals for Wigan in the 2012-13 season, convincing Martinez to bring him in for £6 million last summer.

But he has played just six games for Everton since his move - not featuring since facing Hull City in October 2013.

He suffered a knee injury 13 months ago which has kept him out of action ever since. But his return could now be on the cards.

Kone played for the Everton under-21 side against Celtic this week, featuring for 45 minutes, and Everton now believe he is fit enough to travel with the squad to Germany for a Europa League tie against the Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg.

Everton announced their 20 man party travelling to Germany today, with Kone taking a seat aboard the plane.

While it still looks unlikely that he will play in the match, just getting out in Europe, surrounded by his team-mates, will do wonders for the 31-year-old.

Who is still waiting for his first Everton goal.

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