Ronald Koeman does not expect Morgan Schneiderlin to be out for more than 10 days after he missed Everton's 3-0 defeat against Chelsea.
The Toffees' boss lifted the lid on the absence of the 27-year-old French midfielder following the game at Goodison Park on Sunday, confirming that he had suffered a thigh injury but it was nothing too serious.
"It is not really bad. It is not the end of the season for Morgan. Maybe next week, maybe not, but it will not take more than 10 days," said Koeman.
Meanwhile, the Dutch tactician watched as his side barely troubled their visitors once Dominic Calvert-Lewin had hit the post inside the first 70 seconds, and he conceded Chelsea's second-half performance, in particular, showed they would be worthy champions.
"Maybe in the last 30 minutes, yes," he said.
"We started well and were a bit unlucky when we hit the post.
"I think we did some mistakes in our ball possession and that makes them really dangerous in the first half, but I think we did a good job until the 1-0. After that it makes it more difficult to create really open chances and if they get a little bit more space they are a team who will kill the game.
"The third goal was that high quality offensive football but maybe we didn't deserve this defeat with three goals difference."