Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he has no fears Antolin Alcaraz will bounce back stronger from his injury-hit start to life at Goodison Park.
The defender is still awaiting a Blues debut, having suffered a series of setbacks in his recovery from a hamstring problem sustained in pre-season.
However, despite his early months at the Club being far from ideal, Martinez is confident the 31-year-old Paraguayan has the experience to hit the ground running when he finally returns to action.
That could be as soon as the end of November, with Martinez targeting a post international-break comeback for the former Wigan man.
"I'm convinced that Antolin is ready now to make his comeback fully," said the Toffees boss. "Earlier in the season, he had two or three setbacks and you get a little concerned if you're going to find the final solution to get him back to his best. Now he's 100 per cent on the road to being there.
"The good thing about Antolin is he has tremendous experience at any level. He's been in the British game a long time, so once he's fully fit he'll be ready to help the team. I'm really excited about seeing Antolin at his best.
"My concern is to have everyone fully fit and ready to enjoy their football. The team will benefit from that and you can never have enough experience and good players in your squad."