Raul Jimenez looks in great spirits as he visits his Wolves team-mates at their training ground for the first time since his horrific clash of heads with David Luiz after being discharged from hospital following surgery
- Wolves striker Raul Jimenez paid a visit to his team-mates after leaving hospital
- The Mexican suffered a worrying head injury v Arsenal after a clash of heads
- He looked in good spirits as he embraced team-mates and boss Espirito Santo
Raul Jimenez has returned to Wolves‘ training ground for the first time since his horror clash of heads with David Luiz last month as he was given a warm reception from his team-mates and manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
The Mexican suffered a sickening clash of heads with the Brazilian defender during his side’s 2-1 win over Arsenal and had to be taken off on a stretcher – later discovering that he had fractured his skull after the challenge.
Jimenez required surgery after sustaining the blow and was discharged from hospital last week, and his presence at the Sir Jack Hayward campus was a great sign and he looked in good spirits as he embraced the players.
Raul Jimenez returned to the Wolves training ground for the first time since a head injury scare
He shared an embrace with Wolves team-mate Adama Traore after heading back to visit
Jimenez also shared a laugh with his manager Nuno Espirito Santo and looked in good spirits
He spoke with club captain Conor Coady with his presence giving the team a big boost
Dressed up warm in a puffer jacket and wooly hat, Jimenez was pictured hugging winger Adama Traore and captain Conor Coady. He was also seen having words with manager Espirito Santo who put an arm around his star striker.
His presence will have given team a boost ahead of their game against Villa this weekend after they paid tribute to the 29-year-old by wearing specially made t-shirts wishing him well in the warm up before their 4-0 loss at Liverpool.
The shirts read ‘the pack is with you’, along with a picture of the player and his shirt number, showing great team unity.
The support for Jimenez will continue before they take on Dean Smith’s men at Molineux on Saturday, with a giant banner – funded by supporters – set to be unfurled across three blocks of the Steve Bull Upper Stand.
The Mexican went up for a challenge with David Luiz during a game against Arsenal last month
There was huge concern for both players after a sickening clash of heads at the Emirates
The 29-year-old needed to be taken off on a stretcher before immediately going to hospital
There was real concern for Jimenez after his injury which looked incredibly serious at the time and led to stern criticism from brain injury charity Headway, who have called for concussion substitutes.
They were unhappy with the decision to let Luiz play on until half time with a bandage around his head before he was subbed off.
Thankfully, Jimenez is said to be in a good condition after being seen by doctors and there will not be long term consequences as a result of the challenge, according to the player’s father.
Wolves players showed solidarity by wearing tribute t-shirts before their game at Liverpool
‘We continue to be on the lookout because it’s something very difficult, but thanks to Raul’s strength, he’s coming forward,’ he told Mexican newspaper Record.
‘He’s somehow happy to know of the difficult situation that he’s leaving and that thanks to the good and timely intervention of the doctors in England, they did to him what could be done and he’s recovering in good spirits and highly motivated.’
‘What they told us is that he won’t have any consequences and that it’s all a matter of time before he starts with physical rehabilitation.’