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RAUL RETURN: Jimenez to wear head guard until he retires

RAUL RETURN: Jimenez to wear head guard until he retires


Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raul Jimenez will wear a protective head guard for the remainder of his career when he makes a return from injury.

The Mexican has been out since November with a fractured skull he suffered against Arsenal.

He has been back in limited training for the Molineux outfit and is now cleared to resume heading.

After undergoing tests on Tuesday, Wolves club doctor Matt Perry updated supporters on the club website.

He expects the striker to play a full part in next season's campaign and return to full training in July.

Dr. Perry said, "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.

"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 head guard 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 a 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."


Raul Jimenez return from head injury must be cautious - Perry


It's music to the ears of Wolves fans who've missed the striker immensely this season.

Fabio Silva has looked raw after being thrust into the limelight at 18 years of age.

However, Dr. Perry urges caution for Jimenez's return, meaning Silva may be still called upon.

"He (Jimenez) 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," he added.

"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."

Dr. Perry would go on to thank those who saved Jimenez's career after that incident against Arsenal.

The Mexican international, who has scored 47 goals for Wolves in 110 appearances, was rushed to hospital after a collision with David Luiz.

"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."

Fianlly, the words all Wolves fans want to hear from Dr. Perry: "We hope and expect that Raul will be able to play a full part in Wolves’ 2021/22 season."

He still has boxes to tick, but it could be sooner rather than later that Raul Jimenez put his head injury behind him and makes a return for Wolves.

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