By Danny Wright
Ronald Koeman has revealed that a thigh injury kept Morgan Schneiderlin from taking part in Everton’s 3-0 loss to Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The Dutchman revealed that Schneiderlin suffered the setback in the build up to this weekend’s fixture and wasn’t fit enough to even make the bench against Antonio Conte’s side.
The 27-year-old has only just returned from a spell on the sidelines against Leicester earlier this month and has started the last three games.
Schneiderlin is the latest name on the growing list of injuries at Goodison Park and Koeman has acknowledged it as a problem.
“He had a thigh injury that happened two days ago,” said the ex-Southampton boss on Everton’s official website’s match day blog on Sunday at 1:16pm.
“We know injuries are part of football, we have five or six players out and that makes things even more difficult but hopefully we can do it without them.”
Schneiderlin signed for Everton from Manchester United in the January transfer window and has instantly become an important figure in their midfield.
He’s made 12 league appearances for the Toffees and scored his first, and only, goal for the club in the 3-0 win over West Brom in March.
At the moment in remains unclear as to how long the 15-times France international will be on the sidelines for, but Koeman will be praying that it isn’t too long as first-team players Seamus Coleman, Yannick Bolasie, Ramiro Funes Mori and James McCarthy are all long-term losses.
Schneiderlin’s absence was clearly felt on the pitch on Sunday as Chelsea walked away with a 3-0 victory courtesy of second-half goals from Pedro, Gary Cahill and Willian.
Despite all the injuries, the Toffees had their Europa League spot confirmed on Saturday as West Brom and Southampton both failed to win.
In other Everton news, the club have moved to the front of the queue to sign this attacker that is the talk of Belgium.