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Kone on the comeback trail

Just when you thought he didn't really exist...

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Arouna Kone took another small step towards fitness with a 45 minute runout for Everton's Under-21 side against Celtic at Goodison Park on Tuesday night.

Kone has only made one start and five substitute appearances for Everton since signing for £5million from Wigan, the last of which was against Hull on October 19th 2013.

Since then he has battled to recover from a knee injury that seems to have been a lot more serious than first imagined, his disappearance from the first-team picture becoming something of a running joke with the supporters.

There were rumours that his career may be in jeopardy but a run out at Goodison on Tuesday evening suggests he may still have a future at Everton.

Kone was always slated to just play a half and will hope his knee will not show any ill-effects in the coming days.

By the time Kone was replaced at the break Everton were 1-0 down thanks to a goal from Czech midfielder Filip Twardzik.

Thankfully Everton recovered to secure a draw with another substitute Courtney Duffus - who returned from a loan spell at Bury this week - grabbing the equaliser with a little over 10 minutes to go.