Rachel is back! Jimenez finds it net for first time since horrific skull fracture as Mexican scores for Wolves in exhibition game against Stoke
- Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific injury last year
- The 30-year-old is sidelined for a long time because of a skull fracture
- Wolves’ number 9 was able to knock in a rebound against Stoke on Saturday
- Jimenez has returned to full training for the new season under Bruno Lage
Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific skull fracture when the Wolves striker found the net against Stoke in a pre-season exhibition game.
The 30-year-old Mexican has been sidelined since his painful injury last November when he collided with Arsenal player David Luiz early in Wolves’ 2-1 win in north London.
Jimenez is making steady recovery from the serious injury at Compton’s training base and returned earlier this month for a full season preparation under new boss Bruno Lage.
Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific skull fracture last November
The 30-year-old was about to tap in a rebound for the Molineux side in Stoke
And the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid forward came back on the scoresheet on Saturday after he coolly scored home to equalize after Nelson Semedo’s shot was parried by Josef Bursik.
Due to the nature of his injury, Jimenez will wear a special headband to protect his skull for the foreseeable future. The Mexican was confident in challenging dogfights and won many headers in the first half.
A packed end warmly serenaded Wolves’ No 9 at the Bet365 Stadium, with the West Midlands club looking to implement Lage’s attacking football style in the run-up to the new season.
Jimenez has been out since his painful head injury against Arsenal last year
The Mexican star looks up to the sky after scoring again on Saturday for the men in the old gold
Wolves parted ways from Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of the last campaign, with club chiefs looking to distance themselves from the Portuguese’s organized, defensive approach.
Wanderers have looked a bit leaky from the back this preseason after losing to Crewe and taking three against Las Palmas, while Danny Batth found the net in the first half for the Potters.
The Molineux side finished 13th in the Premier League last season – their lowest position in the league since their return to the top in 2018-19.
Wolves have stepped up preparations for the new season under new boss Bruno Lage