Cape Town - Everton
have cast doubt on Morgan Schneiderlin's participation in the
Merseyside derby next month after announcing the midfielder is carrying a
minor calf injury.
The France international was forced off just 30 minutes into the
Toffees' 4-0 victory over Hull on Saturday, and was seen leaving
Goodison Park on crutches.
But fears of a lengthy spell on the sidelines were allayed after
scans revealed no serious damage to the muscle in Schneiderlin's left
leg, although he is considered doubtful for the derby date with
Liverpool at Anfield on April 1.
"Morgan Schneiderlin suffered a minor calf injury during the
weekend's 4-0 win over Hull and will continue to be monitored at Finch
Farm ahead of the Merseyside derby on Saturday 1 April," a statement
from the club read.
"Schneiderlin limped off after 30 minutes against the Tigers and subsequently underwent a scan.
"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
The 27-year-old has made nine appearances for Ronald Koeman's side
since completing his £24 million move from Manchester United in January.
Kick off is at 13:30.