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Antolin Alcaraz | Defensemen

Team: Everton
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/30/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 181

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Antolin Alcaraz has been ruled out of Everton's weekend matchup with Aston Villa, as Roberto Martinez struggles to piece together an injury-plagued defense.
With Sylvain Distin and Seamus Coleman also out of the picture, Everton will have to depend on the likes of John Stones and veteran Tony Hibbert to fill in and try and keep a Villa team down that are bursting with confidence after a four goal display midweek. With Everton having just shipped four goals themselves, investment in the back may be difficult to trust, even with budget options beckoning. Jan 31 - 2:41 PM

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A surprise omission from the squad for Everton in their previous match against Norwich City, it has now been revealed that Antolin Alcaraz was absent due to muscle fatigue, and the condition is set to keep him sidelined for two weeks.

A tough break for those who invested in Alcaraz as an attractive budget defensive option, as no reports surfaced right up until kickoff that he would be unavailable. Phil Jageilka made a swift return at center back so the window for using Alcaraz looks to have been a short lived one.
Jan 13 - 10:16 AM

According to Everton's official Twitter page, "(Roberto) Martinez says he won't rush Antolin Alcaraz after he returned to action in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week."

Martinez had been commenting on Alcaraz's progress in recent press conferences, and the manager will welcome his former Wigan defender back into the mix, as the Toffees are set to be without the services of Leighton Baines. Alcaraz could bump Sylvain Distin over to left back while Baines is out or beat him outright for the center back spot.
Thu, Nov 28, 2013 06:12:00 PM

Antolin Alcaraz, nursing a hernia injury since being signed by Everton over the summer, has finally returned to fitness and is available for selection, but manager Roberto Martinez stated he will not start the weekend against rivals Liverpool.

Martinez stated it would be unfair to throw the veteran back into action in such a fierce matchup, but will likely look for a competition battle between Alcaraz and fellow veteran Sylvain Distin to partner Phil Jagielka in the center of the Toffee defense.
Source: Mirror
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 11:42:00 AM

Former Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz has confirmed that he will be following Roberto Martinez to Everton.

Everton's defense is aging - especially at center back - so what have Everton done? They've gone out and purchased another aging center back in Antolin Alcaraz (30). Alcaraz is a free agent so Everton can't be faulted for spending their transfer kitty in the wrong place. The main concern is that he was injured for a chunk of last season and with limited resources for wages the risk exists that his injury problems will increase as he continues to age. If he stays healthy for most of his two year deal he'll be a very solid reserve center back behind Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 04:15:00 PM

New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is rumored to be going back to his old employer Wigan for Antolin Alcaraz along with Aiden McGeady from Spartak Moscow.

Another day, another rumor linking Martinez with Wigan players. What is surprising is that he'd be linked with a defender - Wigan's consistent flaw under Martinez was an inadequate defense. McGeady would also be an odd choice given the possibility of purchasing the younger and more Premier League-proven Callum McManaman. McManaman would also retain the possibility of getting Everton bigger fee when sold while McGeady - while not old at 27 - won't be a hot commodity in two or three years when Everton may be ready to sell.
Source: TeamTalk.com
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 05:44:00 PM