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Jimenez has been given green lights to return next season

Thu 20 May 2021 | 4:50

Raul Jimenez has been sidelined since November 29, after a horror fractured skull injury the Mexican caught due to clashing heads with David Luiz during Wolves 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium.

Before returning to Molineux on December 10, the 29-year-old striker spent a few days under observation after the successful operation on his fractured skull. 

However, the Mexican forward has been involved in Wolves’ training sessions recently and underwent tests with a specialist on Tuesday.

Wolverhampton Wanderers’ club doctor, Matt Perry, is optimistic that Jimenez will return to full training in July and will be available for the upcoming Premier League season.

"Raul was seriously injured six months ago on 29th November and underwent emergency surgery for a major traumatic brain injury and skull fracture (TBI) at St Mary's Hospital Paddington," Perry said in an update on Wednesday.

"Since then, he has been under the care and supervision of his neurosurgeon at St Mary's, Miss Sophie Camp, and Professor Tony Belli of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, as well as the medical team at Compton.

"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.

"Raul has been able to progress from basic fitness work into full competitive training from early March; only holding back on powered heading and aerial duels. He has now received the all clear to start these activities and is physically as fit, strong and agile as ever.

"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 are hugely grateful to Professor Tony Belli and Miss Sophie Camp with their guidance and advice on his management, and Miss Camp and her colleagues at St Mary's for the life and career-saving surgery in the few hours that followed Raul's initial injury.

"We hope and expect that Raul will be able to play a full part in Wolves' 2021/22 season."

Wolves will play Manchester United at Molineux in their final Premier League game of the season on Sunday.


source: Sky Sports