Prudent Wolves is unlikely to risk Raul Jimenez this season as he continues his comeback trail from a skull fracture he sustained in a horror clash with Arsenal’s David Luiz last November
- Raul Jimenez broke his skull in the 2-1 win over Arsenal last November
- The Mexican is making good progress and returned to training last month
- He must have further ratings before being cleared to head the ball
Raul Jimenez may not be playing for Wolves until next season, with the club determined to handle the return of their star striker with caution.
The Mexican broke his skull in the 2-1 win over Arsenal on November 29, but is making good progress.
He returned to training with teammates last month, although he does not participate in contact sessions.
Raul Jimenez continues his comeback trail from a skull fracture he sustained last November
Jimenez returned to training last month, although he does not participate in contact sessions
Jimenez must be further assessed before being released to head the ball and participate in full sessions.
Wolves will face Fulham on Friday night, with Nuno admitting that the club was unlucky with injuries, coupled with their lack of preparation time for this season, which left him unable to implement all the changes he had planned this term.
In addition to selling lead characters Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty, Wolves haven’t had two of them in a long time – Jimenez and Jonny – while Willy Boly, Daniel Podence and Leander Dendoncker have all had spells on the sidelines.
Those absences forced Nuno to give more playing time to young players Fabio Silva and Rayan Ait-Nouri than he originally wanted.
Speaking of those factors in the context of his plans for this season, Nuno said: “What we wanted to do has not been possible due to many circumstances.”
Jimenez hasn’t played since he suffered a skull fracture in his collision with David Luiz