Younes Kaboul is unlikely to feature before the New Year after Marco Silva confirmed the defenders recovery from a hamstring injury continues.

The centre-back hasn’t featured since the 2-0 win over Southampton at the start of September and is part of a lengthy list of defensive absentees, which includes Miguel Britos and Craig Cathcart.

When quizzed on Kaboul’s recovery, Silva confirmed the former Spurs man will remain sidelined for the festive period.

“I think it is important for you to know what has happened,” Silva said.

“It is a big concern for us as a team and I repeat every day that he is a really important player for us.

“We will see in the next weeks for him. It is not something that has come fast for him and I think during December it is impossible for him to play.”

Silva also revealed Britos, who limped out of the 3-0 win at Newcastle, is a doubt for tomorrow’s trip to Burnley.

As always, Silva will give Britos every chance to feature and says the decision on whether he is involved at Turf Moor will be made at the latest possible opportunity.

Two longer term injury worries who are certain not to play any part are Will Hughes and Nathaniel Chalobah who will be out for sometime.

Hughes suffered a hamstring injury against Manchester United and Silva says he could be out until the start of January.

Chalobah, who is out with a fractured kneecap, is likely not to be in contention to feature again until February.