Martinez confirms Everton star in squad for first time in over a year

Roberto Martinez

We bring you the details from Roberto Martinez's press conference earlier today.

Arouna Kone will be in the Everton squad to take on Wolfsburg tomorrow night, according to Roberto Martinez.

The Ivorian striker has been out for over a year with injury, but made his comeback for the club's development side in midweek during their fixture with Celtic.

It was a display which did enough to convince his manager that he was ready to be called back up to the first-team and he will be on the substitutes' bench tomorrow night, Martinez confirmed at a press conference today.

Everton can qualify from their Europa League group if they win against their German opponents tomorrow night, but it looks set to be a tough test of their credentials.

The Toffees comfortably beat Wolfsburg at Goodison Park earlier in the campaign, running out 4-1 winners against them. 

However, Martinez has insisted a repeat scoreline is unlikely this time around as he feels Dieter Hecking's side are stronger than they showed in the previous fixture. 

The Spanish manager has also been dealt a blow as Steven Naismith is unlikely to make it.

The in-form Scotland international has been suffering with soft tissue damage and is likely to miss out, although Martinez thinks he could be back for this weekend's game against Tottenham Hotspur. 

Everton are currently unbeaten in their last seven games and they will be hoping to extending that run to eight. 

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch