Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has been given the all clear to return to action next season after recovering from a horrific head injury sustained last November and is expected to play with protective headgear.
Jimenez sustained a fractured skull and a brain injury after colliding heads with David Luiz against Arsenal.
Matt Perry, the Wolves club doctor, said in a statement on the club’s website: “Further match-based rehabilitation will start in July and will be tightly controlled initially. This respects the fact that although his recovery appears to be total there is a big step from training to competition. We hope and expect that Raul will be able to play a full part in Wolves’ 2021-22 season.”
The Mexico international has been back in training for a number of weeks and underwent tests with a specialist to determine whether he could make a comeback before the end of the season.
Perry said: “His skull fracture has now healed well; he will wear a protective headguard to cover the area of bony injury for the remainder of his career, but it is adjudged strong enough for him to return to play with this protection. “A brain injury such as concussion can take weeks and months to recover fully and TBI will sometimes leave lasting deficits. It is wonderful to be able to say that Raul has made a remarkable and excellent recovery to date. He has no measurable signs of deficit and is now at the stage when he can contemplate a return to the career he loves; but a degree of caution is still required.”
With Wolves struggling for goals as of late, this news of Jimenez’s return is a huge boost for their plans ahead of next season.
Author: Abraham Adebayo