Wolves will BLOCK Raul Jimenez from playing for Mexico at this summer’s Olympics if he doesn’t return for them this season, with the attacker out since breaking his skull in November.
- Forward Raul Jimenez hasn’t played since breaking his skull against Arsenal
- Mexico still hopes to include him in their Olympic team this summer
- Jimenez can be blocked if he hasn’t played for Wolves by the end of the season
Raul Jimenez will be blocked from Mexico in this summer’s Olympics if he fails to get back into action for Wolves before the end of the season.
The forward has not played since breaking his skull in the 2-1 win at Arsenal last November and while his recovery is progressing well, his involvement with Tokyo will be determined by the work he has done with Wolves.
Mexico boss Gerardo Martino said last week he hoped Jimenez would be available for the Games, but his Wolves counterpart Nuno Espirito Santo insisted: “ Once it’s clear he can play for Wolves anything can happen, but first he must play for us.
Raul Jimenez hasn’t played for Wolves since his skull fracture he sustained last November
The striker could be blocked from representing Mexico at this summer’s Olympics
‘With all due respect to his national coach, it’s our decision. I understand he is positive and wants to count on Raul for the Olympics, but we have to be patient here. We have to make the right decisions, make no mistakes and respect the doctors. ‘
Jimenez was allowed to join Mexico to prepare for their friendly against Wales in Cardiff last Saturday and participated in training sessions, although sessions involving physical contact are still considered too risky for the 29-year-old.
Wolves hope Jimenez will be able to head the ball again soon, albeit in a limited, cautious way at first.
Nuno added: ‘He was very happy to be there, it made sense, they were protecting him and he’s a more positive person. All his Mexican teammates have seen him, asked all the questions, but every day he was better. ‘
Mexico boss Gerardo Martino (left) is still hopeful that Jimenez will be ready for this summer’s Olympics, but Nuno Espirito Santo (right) says he must return to action for Wolves first.