Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that midfielder Marouane Fellaini will be out for six weeks after suffering a hamstring injury.
Fellaini scored for Belgium in their 4-4 draw with Austria this week, but he picked up an injury towards the end of the game and is now set to be out until the end of November.
“It is a very big blow because he is an important player for us,” Moyes said.
Everton have a number of injury worries ahead of the game at home to local rivals Liverpool on Sunday, with Steven Pienaar, Jack Rodwell and Victor Anichebe all ruled out and Louis Saha and Phil Jagielka both doubtful.
On Jagielka, who has a hamstring injury, Moyes said: “He is not as bad as we first thought but it may just come too quick for him – that is the way it is looking at this moment in time.”