Everton boss Martinez confirms dislocated shoulder for Alcaraz

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that defender Antolin Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder during Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Swansea City, Sky Sports has reported.

The former Wigan Athletic player went down in a collision with Swansea striker Wilfried Bony in the first half of the game at Goodison Park, and had to be taken off as a result. He has since undergone a scan, which has confirmed initial fears that his shoulder had been dislocated in the incident.

Announcing the setback, Martinez said: ‘With Antolin it is difficult because the decision now is if he needs surgery or not. It is a decision we are going to measure well and make the right call. It would depend – between six and 12 weeks, depending on the route we are taking.”

The Paraguayan joins youngster John Stones on the injury list at Everton, meaning that Martinez now has a shortage of defensive options, and is likely to go with veteran Sylvain Distin for Thursday’s Europa League game against Lille. Alcaraz is one of three players to have suffered dislocated shoulders during the most recent Premier League weekend, along with Marcos Rojo and Patrick van Aanholt.

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