The fullback was absent from the defeat against Bournemouth last weekend after picking up the minor complaint the previous week and he has been ruled out for tomorrow's clash with Crystal Palace as well.
"If we were playing our last match of the season tomorrow then he [would be] starting but it's too risky," Koeman explained in his pre-match press conference at Finch Farm this afternoon.
"After tomorrow we have the international break and we don't want to take that risk starting Leighton tomorrow."
Koeman confirmed, however, that Romelu Lukaku will start despite some lingering aggravation from the foot injury he sustained against Middlesbrough in the Blues' last home league game.
"[Lukaku's injury] is still painful but he did the sessions this week and he will start," Koeman told the media.
The Dutchman also provided an update on Irish midfield duo Darron Gibson and James McCarthy, both of whom underwent groin surgery earlier this month. He expects both players to resume training next week but betrayed some frustration with the fact that McCarthy has been called up by Ireland for the upcoming internationals despite not having fully trained since his operation.
"Darron will normally be part of the sessions for next week," Koeman said. "James is also close, normally he starts training with the team next week [as well].
"But the international teams are coming and they've called James up after not playing for six weeks. You have to accept the Fifa rule [allowing them to do that].
"The player wants to go. I hope [Ireland] will protect the player and realise that he hasn't had team training for five to six weeks. But that happened with Seamus Coleman after four or five weeks [out] and luckily that went well.
"[McCarthy] is a risk. He had an operation four, five weeks ago but we'll see what happens next week.”
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1 Posted 29/09/2016 at 16:37:22
2 Posted 29/09/2016 at 16:38:35
Hopefully none of our players pick any injuries up in the break, I don't think our squad is good enough to cope with key first teamers out.
As you say Ste, Palace will fancy it on Friday, I can't see them set up for a draw, and with a good offensive front line they will be coming right at us.
3 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:17:13
4 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:17:15
We just have too many inconsistent players. I know the first games were against poor opposition, apart from Spurs, but there were signs of improvement. After the last two games, it now all looks a bit worrying.
5 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:19:44
As for Galloway, I see him more as a centre-back. in the future... but needs must, we have to beat Palace or slip further behind at the top.
6 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:22:29
The FIFA rules allow countries to call up players to the National team. Prevents a club saying a player is injured when he is not and allows the National team assess the injury. Should be called the 'Giggs' rule. Giggs played 672 club games and 64 for Wales. Bale has played 272 club games and 62 for Wales.
Back in the dark old days of the 60's, the Irish matches were played on a Sunday, so players would travel over to Dublin by boat on the Saturday night after a league game. There was a story of an Irish Man Utd player Tony Dunne, who after playing a league game at Highbury, was packing his bag and heading for the door with Shay Brennan to go to Dublin. Matt Busby is alleged to have told him. "You're going nowhere, you're injured, you've gone over on your ankle."
In the event of injury, such as that incurred by Gibson in an Irish match, the FIFA Club protection programme dictates that FIFA pay the player's salary for a max of one year while injured. There is a caveat where a player has an existing injury when travelling, no compensation is played to the club. For this reason, Ireland will be reluctant to pick McCarthy for a game.
7 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:26:39
8 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:27:03
9 Posted 29/09/2016 at 17:55:26
Overload the left with Bolasie and Mirallas bombing Palace's defence.
10 Posted 29/09/2016 at 18:06:30
12 Posted 29/09/2016 at 19:33:57
Meanwhile, up front ... we can beat these.
13 Posted 29/09/2016 at 20:10:46
Garbutt is not being picked by Wigan. He's only played three games for them.
14 Posted 29/09/2016 at 20:18:45
15 Posted 29/09/2016 at 20:25:58
Bolaise said he was asking Henry about how he went about playing wide, and Bolaise said Henry's tips were very useful. Which got me thinking why don't more teams bring in top players just for a day to talk to the players, especially those playing in their old positions. Maybe get Ian Wright or Collymore in to talk to Lukaku and Barkley.
16 Posted 29/09/2016 at 20:53:17
17 Posted 29/09/2016 at 21:37:10
18 Posted 29/09/2016 at 22:35:36
19 Posted 29/09/2016 at 22:38:37
20 Posted 29/09/2016 at 22:44:44
21 Posted 30/09/2016 at 00:48:33
Sorry chief but Bolasie as a wing back is barmy.
22 Posted 30/09/2016 at 08:51:54
23 Posted 30/09/2016 at 19:25:30