• August 4, 2021

Exclusive: Raul Jimenez makes Wolves return in pre-season friendly against Crewe after fracturing skull 230 days ago

 Exclusive: Raul Jimenez makes Wolves return in pre-season friendly against Crewe after fracturing skull 230 days ago


Raul Jimenez returned to action for Wolves in a pre-season friendly after fracturing his skull eight months ago.

The Mexico striker was rushed to hospital after clashing heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz in a nasty collision.

Jimenez was rushed to hospital following the awful collision

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Jimenez was rushed to hospital following the awful collision

The injury required surgery, which left Jimenez with a sizeable scar on his head, but medical and physical tests showed there is no lasting damage.

Wolves struggled for form without their talisman with Pedro Neto ending the 2020/21 season as the club’s top scorer with just five goals.

They also finished in 13th place, their lowest finish since returning to the Premier League in 2018.

On Saturday, Jimenez was named in the starting XI to take on Crewe in a pre-season friendly.

He led the attack alongside Fabio Silva and Barcelona loanee Francisco Trincao in Bruno Lage’s first game in charge of Wolves.

Jimenez’s return is a welcome sight for Wolves fans

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Jimenez’s return is a welcome sight for Wolves fans

As a precaution, Jimenez donned a protective headguard, which he will have to wear for the remainder of his career, during the match at the the Alexandra Stadium.

Jimenez, who has scored 48 goals in 110 appearances for Wolves, warmed up in front of the Molineux faithful against Manchester United in May, but he did not make the matchday squad.

The 30-year-old joined Wolves on loan from Benfica in 2018, before making his move permanent for £33million a year later.





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