Raul Jimenez of Wolves returns to training after Fractured skull

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The manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers Nuno Espirito Santo has confirmed that Raul Jimenez has returned to training after three months of suffering a fractured skull in a Premier League match.

Raul Jimenez suffered a concussion in a Premier League game involving his team and Arsenal football club on 29 November 2020. The incident happened when he was trying to defend a corner kick against Arsenal’s defender David Luiz.

Unfortunately for the Mexican striker, he became heavily affected after the collision between him and the Arsenal defender. After the game, it was confirmed that he had a fractured skull and he has been operated upon.

Ever since then, Raul Jimenez has been out of football and was allowed to recuperate at home with his family. He however made a public appearance when he visited Wolves’ training camp weeks after the incident.

Before the injury, Jimenez has scored three goals in 10 Premier League games. And he made just one appearance in the EFL Cup.

Since he has been out with a fractured skull, Wolves have been struggling to win games. It has been so bad for Wolves that the club has managed to take only 13 points from a possible 42 in the Premier League.

They have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Southampton and they are currently sitting on the 12th spot on the league table with 30 points in 24 games after 8 wins, 6 draws, and 10 defeats.

Raul Jimenez and coach Nuno Espirito.
Raul Jimenez and coach Nuno Espirito.

Ahead of Wolves Premier League game against Leeds United scheduled to take place today, February 19, coach Nuno Espirito confirmed that Raul Jimenez is improving and doing well.

“He (Jimenez) is training, he has been able to integrate into some of the training sessions and he is improving and doing well,” Nuno said.

“We have to be very careful and follow the protocols but keep positive because he is doing well.

“We are delighted, but know it’ll take time. He is going in the right direction.

“He will keep improving his fitness, follow the protocols and do consultations with the neurosurgeon. It requires patience but it’s moving in the right direction.”

While on their Premier League game against Leeds United and how the club has been struggling in the Premier League, coach Nuno said the club has been trying to improve and remain consistent.

He said: “It’s very concerning, we are always trying to improve and reach our best performances. We want to be good and consistent and work hard to achieve that,” he added.

“We are lacking a lot of the things we are trying to search for in the games.

“We go match-by-match, we have a new challenge and a very difficult challenge, this will always be our philosophy.

“We always face a situation where we assume we have to improve and cannot say when we are going to reach the best. There is never the best, there are always new things.

“Our approach is improving match after match. We have to improve some aspects of our defensive organization, there are still a lot of mistakes which we want to avoid.

“Leeds are a very good team, very special and unique in the way they approach the games. They have a fantastic squad, a very good manager (Marcelo Bielsa) and we realize they are very competitive. It will require the best of us.”