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Lukaku on track for return against Burnley

13/04/2015  Comments (21)  jump
Romelu Lukaku says that he is almost ready to return as he posts a video of him back in full training at Finch Farm.

The 21 year-old striker has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury that he picked up in the win at QPR last month, a consequence his manager said, of fatigue following a busy schedule given Everton's involvement in the Europa League.

Lukaku was rated as 50-50 for Saturday's 1-1 draw at Swansea and was not deemed fit enough to play but he looks set for a comeback when Burnley come to Goodison Park this coming weekend.

The short clip on Instagram entitled "Almost ready" shows Lukaku in practice accelerating on goal and scoring with his potent left foot.

View the video on Instagram

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James Stewart
1 Posted 13/04/2015 at 17:02:54
Good; no more Kone.
David Hallwood
2 Posted 13/04/2015 at 17:05:59
Not so fast, James: apparently Atletico Madrid are sniffing round him.
Paul Ellam
4 Posted 13/04/2015 at 17:41:52
Keep slotting the goals in, Rom!
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 13/04/2015 at 18:46:46
Around Kone, David? Great news!
Drew O'Neall
6 Posted 13/04/2015 at 19:10:13
The cynic in me wonders whether RM has given him 'a rest' after his outspoken agent has talked up a move away and this is Rom's way of trying to get back in the shop window.

Agent to Rom: I'll make the noises so everyone's watching you for the last X games, earn yourself a move.

If so, it's a canny move to withdraw him on the part of our manager who I think people underestimate for his political and PR nous.

Michael Polley
7 Posted 13/04/2015 at 20:50:25
Good news!
David Hallwood
8 Posted 13/04/2015 at 21:06:56
I think that would be Atletico Oldham, Colin.
Ciaran Duff
9 Posted 14/04/2015 at 07:47:21
Yes Drew. Well done RM - he even got him withdrawn from the Belgian squad!
Harold Matthews
10 Posted 14/04/2015 at 08:55:39
If Athletico think he's a top prospect, they'll pay 㿏-40M, as they did for Falcao.
Victor Jones
11 Posted 14/04/2015 at 10:06:48
Bloody disgrace, that we have only have two centre-forwards. One is a work in progress. And the other is Kone. We need more options for next season. But has Martinez identified that? Who knows?
Colin Glassar
12 Posted 14/04/2015 at 10:24:44
Awww chucks David, I still think Kone might make it back to Atletico Wigan though. Calling Dave Whelan, calling Dave Whelan..... Billy Kenwright here, copy.
Harold Matthews
13 Posted 14/04/2015 at 16:04:43
Don't get all this anti-Kone stuff. I well remember the Goodison Swansea game when Pienaar, Eto'o, Naismith and Lukaku not only failed to score, they hardly got a shot in. Ashley Williams is a tough CB who organises things at the back and makes life difficult for strikers.

Considering he was playing a lone role I thought Kone did what was asked of him and was involved in many good passing movements, including the goal. Unlike Lukaku and Naismith, his first touch is not a pass to the opposition and, personally, I'm quite happy with him.

Peter Mills
14 Posted 14/04/2015 at 19:54:52
Harold, I always respect your opinion but on this occasion can't share it from Saturday. I watched Kone carefully, with an open mind, and he had a poor game. His movement did not provide many options for passes, and his touch was not good, although I concede he did contribute to the goal.
Harold Matthews
15 Posted 14/04/2015 at 21:11:35
Peter, I'm not saying he had a good game. Few strikers do against Ashley Wiliams and Fernandez. Naismith had 19 minutes with fresh legs. His first touch was a pass to the opposition. His second touch was a flicked header on the right wing. That's it. That's all he did. I know because I've watched the match four times.

Kone suffered because commentator Michael Owen disagreed with one or bits of play around the box. When Kone was linking up play in other areas he said nothing. This lad is better player than people give him credit for and I'll bet Martinez and his team-mates were pleased with his contribution.

Most TWers dislike him, mainly because he came from Wigan; I don't. Nothing new here, I'm afraid. In my corner I state what I see. Not what I imagine. The lad has had a difficult time but loves playing for Everton and will always put in a full shift. He'll never be anything special but I like him.

Ant Dwyer
16 Posted 15/04/2015 at 00:26:03
The sooner Rom is back, the better. Kone tries hard but unfortunately that's not enough at this level. Naismith is in that mould too; I would rather have seen one of the young lads given a chance over Kone.
Peter Mills
17 Posted 15/04/2015 at 07:44:49
ThatÂ’s my point really, H. On a day when I saw Bob Latchford and Graeme Sharp at The Liberty, it was plain to see that Kone "will never be anything special". I think IÂ’m just feeling somewhat disillusioned at paying hard-earned money to watch average players wearing Everton shirts.
James Marshall
18 Posted 15/04/2015 at 13:06:27
Kone is simply not a very good goalscorer, and his link play is very hit & miss. HeÂ’s an Â’OKÂ’ footballer, but thatÂ’s about it. OK.

He’s had too many injuries in his career to ever be anything other than what he is – limited, with occasional moments of decent play.

HeÂ’s scored 30 goals in 129 league games since 2007. I think that sums him up.

Jimmy Kelly
19 Posted 15/04/2015 at 13:22:13
Harold, with all due respect, neither myself nor the other couple of thousand blues who were at the Liberty on Saturday could hear Michael Owen and the general agreement was that Kone had been poor. YouÂ’re not the only one who can make judgement without being told what to think, and most Evertonians I know have come to the same conclusions about Kone without help from anybody else.

Ashley Williams is a decent defender but heÂ’s pretty average in Premier League terms. If you think itÂ’s understandable that Kone struggles against him, I assume you accept that heÂ’ll struggle against most.

I think James Marshall sums it up pretty well to be honest, KoneÂ’s not the worst option to have in the squad, but he looks unlikely to get you more than the odd goal. I think heÂ’s started 5 games and had another 3 or 4 decent sub outings since he last scored and that really isnÂ’t good enough if we want to be anything more than bottom-half strugglers.

Clive Rogers
20 Posted 15/04/2015 at 14:00:03
Naismith has lost his place due to poor performances and Kone will be 32 next season. How many strikers can still hack it at 32?
James Marshall
21 Posted 16/04/2015 at 09:02:02
The ones who were really good when they were 22.

So, not Kone.

Or Naismith.

Andy Meighan
22 Posted 16/04/2015 at 22:37:40
Paul (4) – "Keep slotting the goals in, Rom."

A one-in-four return in the league... not too much to get exited about there, is there?

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