The French international had to come off after just half an hour of Saturday's 4-0 win over Hull with a calf problem but scans of the injury revealed only a minor problem.
Schneiderlin tweeted that he is confident of getting back to action soon but it's likely that he faces a race against time for the match across Stanley Park in 12 days.
The Blues travel to his former stomping ground of Old Trafford three days later and manager Ronald Koeman will be keen to have Schneiderlin available for one or both games.
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1 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:14:09
2 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:14:19
3 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:35:43
4 Posted 21/03/2017 at 17:38:04
5 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:00:33
The other alternative to Schneiderlin and McCarthy against Liverpool would be Barry, who would deal a blow to Eerton's chances against the reds. With Barry in the team, Everton would have 4 players in defence with a combined age of 140 years against 4 Liverpool attacking players with a combined age of 100 years, that would give Liverpool 30% more youth and pace over Everton where it matters most, upfront.
6 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:05:05
7 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:15:34
Seems like a reasonably intelligent lad to me. Rules are, if your country calls, player must attend. If he plays, I suspect it's because he feels ready; because no one can play with a torn hamstring.
Seems Koeman likes him and wants to look at his training regime more closely.
8 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:19:42
9 Posted 21/03/2017 at 18:36:16
10 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:16:27
11 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:27:00
I hope Morgan is fit but I'd only play him if he's 100%. We don't want another Rodwell fiasco.
12 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:43:08
As for Schneiderlin, it is typical of the dark forces at work whenever we have to play THEM or visit Hades: whether it's Labone, Southall or Morgan/James, you can bet we lose a key player.
I was apoplectic when Huddlestone took Gana out. That could have been all 3 top DM's in casualty. Let's just hope at least 2/3 are available
13 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:51:38
14 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:53:52
As for McCarthy, he should not turn out for his country after injury before playing and being passed fit by us. If he has a recurrence of his injury playing for the Republic then Ron will go ballistic!
15 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:58:11
Koeman won't suffer fools, and so let's all stay positive and keep on believing and fate could conspire against the RS too.
16 Posted 21/03/2017 at 19:58:11
Know what I mean?
Enjoy the spring (just like I am trying to ) And the next game will be just that. Otherwise we become insane on how the media portray our team or even tell us to be pissed off.
Even TW can be too addictive.
Sorry Michael. See ya tomorrow.
17 Posted 21/03/2017 at 20:49:33
18 Posted 21/03/2017 at 20:50:14
I'm afraid that means both Barry and McCarthy should be nowhere near the 1st XI for this game.
Whilst I'm at it neither should Schneiderlin if he's not fully fit. Cannot see how based on what I saw.
No only do you handicap the team from minute one you waste potential game changing substitutions in the process.
Holgate, Williams, Funes Mori (FFS)
Coleman, Davies, Gana, Barkley, Baines
20 Posted 21/03/2017 at 21:52:13
Is this the same Keane who today said McCarthy was "very doubtful" for Friday? O'Neill has the final say. That's why he's manager.
21 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:00:45
22 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:28:34
It's great that the injury to Morgan isn't as bad as 1st suspected.. was dreading that he was out for the season.
23 Posted 21/03/2017 at 22:56:35
25 Posted 22/03/2017 at 02:34:36
Calf injuries are 3-4 weeks out, anything less than 4 weeks is a big big gamble and will frequently backfire with a re-pull, even 4 weeks isn't a guarantee of recovery sadly, just ask Vincent Kompany!
I hate the thought of being without Morgan against the RS but unless he just felt a slight twinge in his calf I would be amazed if he was risked and asked to play after only 2 weeks.
26 Posted 22/03/2017 at 04:52:27
Frankly, James seems to be a player who has already put dedication before self interest, hence he now has this lingering fitness concern.
Fully fit, this lad fulfills so many roles in the engine room. Not the half sorted version that we've seen for almost 12 months, the real McCarthy.
Many Royal Blues have chosen to forget just how really good he was. Benefit of hindsight, surely he'd been pushing himself when he genuinely needed fixing.
Get him physically right, get him back.
Same with Mo Besic.
Same with Morgan.
We will possibly even probably be playing in Europe next season. No point crocking these lads now, keep them strong. We're going to need them way beyond the next few weeks.
27 Posted 22/03/2017 at 05:58:14
I am moving to the Westmead area of Sydney for the next 2-3 years for work. Sadly I reach there on the 30th of March, just 2 days before the derby game. I have a few queries.
1. Is Optus a good option for me to choose for my broadband/mobile phone plans since they have right to the PL games?
2. IS it legal to stream games in Australia?
3. Where can I watch the game if I cant get my internet/TV fitted up in time?
28 Posted 22/03/2017 at 06:46:26
I am based in Sydney.
1. Yes Optus is a good option - it costs $35 for monthly access via a sim card. However you do not actually need to use the sim card. You use the Optus app to view games on your phone, ipad or lap top. Cuts off every now and then but I am pretty happy with it generally.
2. I think so - havent tried so am not sure.
3. There are pubs throughout the CBD which do show games. I was watching at a pub in the Rocks back when carsley scored his winner :) Can't remember the name of that pub unfortunately but it should be easy to find...
Any more questions please feel free to ask. Hope you enjoy your stay in Oz !
29 Posted 22/03/2017 at 09:55:32
There has been much mention of Mccarthy, and Besic as a remote possibility, but for me, I think two key 'must play' choices are Gana, and Tom Davies , while Davies is very much the new kid on the block, I think his determination, will be a major factor, especially against the RS. Gana for me, is a must for every game.
As I have mentioned on here before, there is almost an inevitability about Lukaku leaving us, come the summer, it has also been mooted that Gana is a target for a lot of clubs, home and abroad.
We cannot let Gana go under any circumstances, the lad is pure gold, and seems to want to play for us every game he can, whereas Rom seems to play like he is doing us a favour!
There is no doubt the next two games will be pivotal regarding our final position in the Table, and ultimately, which European Competition, we will be in.
Pity there is another International break, when we have had some momentum, and built up a head of steam, at this crucial juncture.
30 Posted 22/03/2017 at 10:21:08
I stopped watching them after Venables or was it Bobby Robson. Anyway, we can beat Liverpool if we play like we care.
31 Posted 22/03/2017 at 11:11:47
32 Posted 22/03/2017 at 11:15:39
Although it's typical bad luck to get an injury to such a key player before the derby, the international break has come at the right time.
Just hope everyone else comes back from international duty fit and firing.
33 Posted 22/03/2017 at 13:45:30
I can hope, can't I?
34 Posted 22/03/2017 at 13:47:23
Im confident of beating, dont know why. So for me the jury's still out on Morgan.
35 Posted 22/03/2017 at 14:10:47
36 Posted 22/03/2017 at 17:28:45
Let's hope we are close to a fully fit squad because we can beat these if we sack all that manufactured fear and play with pride and aggression.
37 Posted 22/03/2017 at 17:47:31
How earlier are we talking here I remember the derby in Martinez first season when Macca was outstanding, and would play him every week if he could do that again.
But Christ, we need someone in Midfield who is going to offer an offensive threat. Macca has two shots on target a season. But, agree that a little of his attitude in a game like this wouldn't go amiss in a game as frenetic as the derby!
38 Posted 22/03/2017 at 18:19:42
39 Posted 22/03/2017 at 19:49:24
Yes, when skies are grey, there is always one with a silver lining.
40 Posted 22/03/2017 at 22:31:19
It is a myth about club versus country because a player is under no contractual obigations to play for his country of origins. But McCarthy is under contractual obligations to play for Everton.
So, if he keeps getting injured playing for his country of choice, Koeman should fine him a week's wages for every game he misses for Everton, irrespective of FIFA's obligations to pay the player's wages due to injury playing for his country of choice.
41 Posted 23/03/2017 at 00:42:36
As Joe @ 22 pointed out, the win against Arsenal was down to the engine room, bossed by James. He has been pushed further forward by Koeman and against Bournemouth he had an assist and a goal within half-anhour, and was again taken off through injury (I hope we're not seeing another Gibson theme here).
There's no doubt, a fully fit McCarthy is a major driving force in our side, and Koeman thinks so too I just hope he doesn't become another serial sicknote.
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