PHOTO: Thumbs up from injury ravaged Arouna Kone as he boards plane to Germany

Boarding Plane

Arouna Kone is hoping to play for the first time in 13 months tomorrow.

For Arouna Kone, life at Everton has so far been far from sweet.

When Roberto Martinez left Wigan Athletic to become Everton boss he brought the likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and James McCarthy with him. He also made a move for Ivorian striker 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 and is yet to score for the club.

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. He has not played for Everton since facing Hull City in October 2013.

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.

And the Everton Twitter account showed how excited everyone at the club was to wish him all the best in his recent comeback attempt by sharing a picture of a jovial Kone boarding a plane to Germany.

He will hope to get some action at the Volkswagen Arena tomorrow night.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch