Prudent Wolves unlikely to risk Raul Jimenez this season as he continues his comeback trail from fractured skull sustained last November in horror clash with Arsenal’s David Luiz
- Raul Jimenez fractured his skull during the 2-1 win at Arsenal last November
- The Mexican is making good progress and returned to training last month
- He must have further assessments before being cleared to head the ball
Raul Jimenez may not play for Wolves again until next season, with the club determined to adopt a prudent approach to their star striker’s return.
The Mexican fractured his skull during the 2-1 win at Arsenal on November 29 but is making good progress.
He returned to training with team-mates last month, although he is not participating in contact sessions.
Raul Jimenez is continuing his comeback trail from a fractured skull sustained last November
Jimenez returned to training last month, although he is not participating in contact sessions
Jimenez must have further assessments before being cleared to head the ball and take part in full sessions.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo had been optimistic the 29-year-old would play again this season, but admitted on Thursday: ‘What we wanted to do has not been possible.’
Wolves face Fulham on Friday night with Nuno admitting the club’s ill luck with injuries, coupled with their lack of preparation time for this season, had left him unable to implement all the changes he had planned this term.
As well as selling key players Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty, Wolves have been without two more – Jimenez and Jonny – for significant periods, while Willy Boly, Daniel Podence and Leander Dendoncker have all had spells on the sidelines.
Those absences have forced Nuno to give more playing time to youngsters Fabio Silva and Rayan Ait-Nouri than he would have liked originally.
Jimenez has not played since he suffered a fractured skull in his collision with David Luiz
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