Steven Pienaar will miss the start of the Premier League season due to a thigh injury.
Roberto Martinez has stated that Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is "very unlikely" to make the squad for their match against Manchester United on Sunday.
With a big match in store this weekend against Manchester United, Steven Pienaar and Leon Osman will be monitored during the week, casting a doubt on their chances of making Roberto Martinez's XI.
Everton injury problems are mounting as Roberto Martinez confirms Steven Pienaar is the latest casualty added to the Toffees treatment table.
Steven Pienaar joins an ever-growing list of Everton players heading into tomorrow's match against West Ham United, making things difficult for fantasy managers in possession of one or more Toffees.
The groin injury Steven Pienaar picked up during Everton's match last weekend with Arsenal has ruled him out of this weekend's bout with Chelsea.
Steven Pienaar and Lacina Traore have both trained this week and Roberto Martinez indicated that he expects both players to make this weekend's squad when Everton travel to Hull City.
Steven Pienaar was left out of the squad for Everton's match against West Brom on Monday night due to a groin injury, and will be assessed over the coming days, making him a doubt for now for the Merseyside Derby.
Steven Pienaar, who was a question mark to make the squad for the Hull City match returning from injury, came on as a substitute and scored the game-winning goal for the Toffees, as Everton win 2-1.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez stated during his press conference for the Toffee's upcoming match with Hull City Tigers that in regards to Steven Pienaar, "I think this weekend could be too early but I do expect him to be fully fit for next Saturday."
In an interview with Everton's official website, Roberto Martinez stated it is too soon to make a call on Steve Pienaar's availability for their match with Hull City, but that the midfielder is back in training and in contention for the match.
Steven Pienaar has already been ruled out for Saturday's match against West Ham and could be set to miss more PL games as he recovers from a hamstring injury.