No serious injury for Everton striker Kone

Everton have confirmed through their official website that striker Arouna Kone did not suffer a serious knee injury in the Toffees’ win over Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

Kone was substituted after 79 minutes of the 2-1 victory at Loftus Road after picking up a problem in build-up to Everton’s winner, scored by on-loan Tottenham Hotspur winger Aaron Lennon. Seamus Coleman had earlier put Everton in front, only for Eduardo Vargas to equalise before Lennon’s late decider.

It was feared Kone had suffered significant knee damage but a post-match scan confirmed the Ivorian had avoided that fate, although Everton have said it isn’t yet known if he will be available for their next fixture, at home to Southampton on April 4.

Kone moved to Goodison Park in the summer of 2013, following manager Roberto Martinez in leaving Wigan Athletic for the Merseyside club. He joined Joel Robles, Antolin Alcaraz and James McCarthy as part of the ex-Latics contingent, and has to date scored once in 17 appearances, having missed a lengthy time of his Everton career through injury.

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