RAUL JIMENEZ was named in Wolves’ starting XI for their pre-season clash against Crewe in the striker’s first game following a horror fractured skull eight months ago.
The Mexican forward, 30, required oxygen after losing consciousness following a sickening clash of heads with then-Arsenal star David Luiz in November 2020.
Raul Jimenez has played his first match since fracturing his skull eight months agoCredit: Getty
Raul Jimenez was named in the starting XI for Wolves’ pre-season friendly against CreweCredit: PA
At the time it was feared Jimenez may never player again.
He underwent surgery and has been left with a sizeable scar – with tests showing no lasting damange earlier this year.
And in a heartwarming appearance, the striker started Wolves‘ pre-season friendly against Crewe on Saturday afternoon.
In Bruno Lage’s first game in charge of the Premier League side, Jimenez led the line alongside Fabio Silva and Barcelona loanee Francisco Trincao.
Jimenez returned to training in March and was given the green light to head the ball again in May.
The Premier League have given the striker permission to wear a protective headband, with the player likely to use it for the rest of his career.
The striker joined Wolves from Benfica initially on loan in 2018 before the deal was made permanent a year later for £33million.
Since then, Jimenez has scored 48 goals in 110 games finishing 2018-19 and 2019-20 as the club’s top scorer.
Jimenez fractured his skull and required oxygen from medics following a clash of heads with DaviD luizCredit: AFP
Raul Jimenez has been left with a scar on the side of his head after undergoing surgery on his fractured skullCredit: Getty
The forward had scored four goals in ten Premier League games prior to his horror injury last season.
And Jimenez’s return will be a huge boost to Wolves, who failed to score in 12 of their 38 matches last season – ultimately leading to Nuno Espirito Santo’s departure.
Should Jimenez make it through his return with no side-effects, it’s likely he’ll play a crucial role in 2021-22.
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