After being out of football for eight months, Raul Jimenez finally had the opportunity to play competitive football. The new manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bruno Lage allowed him to play his first match since November 2020.
The 30-year-old Mexican striker sustained a fractured skull in November during a Premier League game between Wolves and Arsenal. Immediately after the incident, he was taken to the hospital where he was operated upon.
After a successful surgery, he was allowed to go back to his family and made public appearances once in a while. Afterward, he began to train alone for months before he was allowed to be involved in contact training.
On Friday, July 17, he started in a friendly game between Wolves and Crewe Alexandra. The coach allowed him to play for 34 minutes before he was substituted.
During his 34 minutes on the pitch, the 30-year-old center-forward made some brilliant touches. He almost scored a goal when his free-kick hit the bar. But he could not score until he was substituted.
Que inmensa alegría tenerte de nuevo en la cancha @Raul_Jimenez9 🐺💛👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/EO7s21xd9A— Jⁱᵐᵉⁿᵃ Sᵃⁿᶜʰᵉᶻ (@JimeSachez) July 17, 2021
Unfortunately for the Premier League club, the lower league club defeated Wolves 1-0 in the pre-season friendly.
Watch a little of Raul Jimenez’s time in his first match in eight months
Who has been taking care of Raul Jimenez in the past eight months?
When Raul Jimenez sustained a fractured skull and was operated upon, the medical team permitted him to go back to his family to rest.
One of the most important people in his life has been his girlfriend, Daniela Basso. The two lovebirds are from Mexico but they live together in England.
When Raul Jimenez fractured his skull, the 31-year-old Mexican actress was on the side of the footballer throughout his recovery process.
The two Mexican lovers have been in a relationship since 2017. She even traveled to Russia to cheer Jimenez during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Due to how cordial the relationship between Raul Jimenez and Daniela Basso has been, Hello Magazine asked the footballer in February 2020 whether or not marriage was on the card for them.
The footballer said: “I believe in a love that lasts forever, that when you’re with the right person and you’re in love, you can do anything.”
Months before Jimenez sustained a fractured skull, Daniela gave birth to their first child. They name the child who was born on July 21, 2020, Arya.
The footballer took to Twitter to announce the birth of the child by writing: “Meet the love of our life.
“Welcome princess, beautiful Arya. Start the best and most amazing adventure. We love you.”
Les presentamos al amor de nuestra vida 😍 Bienvenida princesa hermosa Arya 21/07/2020 👨👩👧— Raúl Jiménez (@Raul_Jimenez9) July 21, 2020
Comienza la mejor y mas increíble aventura, TE AMAMOS @danielabassom #babyAJ pic.twitter.com/LT0SYGBkGw