Eguren is a hard-working central midfielder who is comfortable in both a defensive and attacking role. In 2004 he was banned from football for six months after testing positive for cocaine, but the suspension was reduced when he explained he had been drinking cocoa tea to alleviate altitude sickness.
He made his Uruguay debut in 2001 but was then overlooked for five years. Eguren played most of the qualifiers while at Villarreal, but left to play for AIK in Sweden to ensure regular games ahead of the World Cup.
He began his career in Uruguay with Montevideo Wanderers, Danubio and Nacional, followed by spells with Norway-based Rosenborg and Swedish club Hammarby, where his performances earned him a transfer to La Liga in January 2008.
Alongside Spain international Marcos Senna in central midfield, Eguren helped Villarreal to their best-ever La Liga finish (second) and they also reached the Champions League quarter-finals two seasons running.
He returned to Sweden in January to sign for AIK, where he reportedly needed police protection from furious Hammarby fans.
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