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Relief for Everton as scans show Kone's injury isn't serious

Striker still doubtful for Southampton game next week

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Everton's impending striker crisis has ease slightly with the news that Arouna Kone has escaped a serious knee injury.

The 31-year-old was forced off against QPR last week after a collision with Nedum Onouha in the build-up to Everton's winner at Loftus Road.

There was obvious concern for the long-term fitness of the Ivorian given he spent more than a year on the sidelines with a serious knee injury picked up in the opening weeks of his Goodison career.

Despite the good news, Everton say it is not yet know whether Kone will be fit for the game against Southampton on April 2.

With Romelu Lukaku also sidelined with a hamstring strain, Everton are looking decidedly short on numbers up front.

They are reportedly weighing up whether to recall Chris Long from his loan spell at Brentford as back-up, though with the loan window closing at 5pm on Thursday they have little time to make a decision.