Ronald Koeman has confirmed Morgan Schneiderlin will miss the Merseyside derby with the calf injury he sustained against Hull City.
The Blues boss reported the France midfielder is progressing well from the problem, but will miss Saturday’s trip to Anfield and is also likely to be absent for the game against Manchester United three days later.
“Morgan is getting better now,” Koeman told evertontv. “He is still not available for the weekend and I don’t think he will be available for the game against Manchester United on Tuesday, but we have good hope that he will be available for the Leicester game.”
The Dutchman also confirmed Ramiro Funes Mori’s season could be over, with the defender set to get a second opinion on knee damage suffered on international duty with Argentina.
“Funes is not good,” he said. “They checked him on Wednesday and we will have a second opinion on Monday - but we expect him to have surgery on the meniscus in his knee. That means that it would be the end of the season for him.”
James McCarthy has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Anfield with a hamstring injury, while Koeman reiterated everyone at the Club will give Seamus Coleman the “maximum support” he needs to overcome a double leg break.
“Of course, if you get a long-term injury like Seamus had, it is a shock,” he added. “What happened shocked everybody. I spoke to him after his surgery last Saturday and he was down, but that is normal.
“We will give him all the maximum support to recover from that bad injury.”
Meanwhile, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic will not be available for the clash with Liverpool as they continue their rehabilitation from respective knee injuries.