By Danny Wright
Everton have confirmed that Morgan Schneiderlin’s calf injury is not as bad as Ronald Koeman first feared.
The Toffees confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that Schneiderlin’s injury is ‘minor’ and they will continue to monitor hisfitness throughout the international break ahead of their Merseyside derby against Liverpool on April 1.
Manager Ronald Koeman originally feared that the midfield enforcer could miss several weeks with the calf injury, which would have meant that not only would he miss the Liverpool showdown, but also an important match against Schneiderlin’s former club Manchester United.
“Morgan Schneiderlin suffered a minor calf injury during the weekend’s 4-0 win over Hull City and will continue to be monitored at Finch Farm ahead of the Merseyside derby on Saturday 1 April,” read the statement on the club’s official website.
“The Frenchman will remain under assessment by the Club’s medical team before a determination is reached on when he is able to return to action.”
Schneiderlin has played in all of Everton’s games since securing a switch away from Old Trafford in January for a fee worth up to £24million.
During his spell at United, which the French international would perhaps want to forget, he made 47 appearances in all competitions after joining from Southampton where he played over 250 times as he helped turn the south coast side from a League One team to a Premier League regular.
In his nine appearances with the club so far, the 27-year-old has only lost one match and has instantly proved to be an important part of Koeman’s plans during their current patch of brilliant form.
Everton are currently seventh in the Premier League and look as though they could seal a Europa League qualification spot for next season.
They are level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal and just two behind Manchester United, who sit just outside of the top four.
In other Everton news, club are reportedly close to sealing an £8million deal for this midfielder.