With only four games remaining in the space of 16 days, any minor injury could prove season-ending.
The hope is that is not the case for Fabinho, who played only 30 minutes at Villa Park before having to be replaced thanks to a left hamstring strain.
That leaves the Champions League final on May 28 as “the focus for the player,” with a training return in the build-up to the Paris showpiece to “give him a chance of being involved.”
In his absence, Jordan Henderson will drop into the No. 6 role and largely be accompanied by Thiago, with the likes of Naby Keita, Curtis Jones and James Milner continuing to rotate through the remaining spot.
On Wednesday, Brazil named Fabinho in their squad for next month’s internationals and their fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian was “optimistic” he is to be in contention against Real Madrid.