Everton striker Arouna Kone 'returns from injury in friendly match'

Kone 'returns from injury in friendly'
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Arouna Kone features for Everton in a behind-closed-doors friendly.

Everton striker Arouna Kone has completed his return from a year-long injury layoff by featuring in a friendly.

The Ivory Coast international played in a behind-closed-doors match, which marked the first time he has turned out for Everton since suffering a serious knee injury last October.

Kone lasted through 55 minutes of the match before being substituted, according to BBC Sport.

The former Wigan Athletic striker has started just one game for Everton since joining the club from the Lattics in the summer of 2013.

Blues boss Roberto Martinez is yet to confirm when Kone will be fit enough to return to the first team.

Everton's Spanish manager Roberto Martinez reacts to Leicester City's second equalising goal during the English Premier League football match between Leicester City and Everton at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on August 16, 2014
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