Josh Kennedy nets on return

Josh Kennedy scored a goal on his return to competitive action but was not on the winning side as Nagoya Grampus suffered a 3-2 loss at home to Kashima Antlers.

Kennedy converted a penalty on 47 minutes to put Nagoya 2-1 up but a goal eight minute from time saw Kashima equalise before Yasushi Endo scored the winner for the away side in injury-time.

The striker has been out of action since May after picking up an injury weeks out from the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

His last competitive match was for the Socceroos against South Africa in May where he played the last five minutes after coming on for Matthew Leckie.

Kennedy's last appearance for Nagoya was in week 8 of the J.League - his last goal coming in week 6 on April 6 in a 5-2 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. 

Nagoya are currently on a run of six games without a win and are sitting in the relegation zone as the J.League moves in to the second half of the season.

Kennedy has been linked to a move to the A-League once his contract expires in December, with Melbourne City a likely destination for the 31-year-old.

Nagoya's next match is against fifth-places Gamba Osaka next Saturday.