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Raul Jimenez to wear headguard for rest of career as Wolves update on his return

Wolves have confirmed Raul Jimenez will have to wear a protective headguard for the rest of his career but they expect him to be back in action next season after making a “remarkable recovery”.

The Mexico star suffered a sickening head injury during a collision with David Luiz during Wolves ‘ 2-1 win over Arsenal on November 29.

Jimenez was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington and needed emergency surgery for what was described as a ‘major traumatic brain injury and skull fracture (TBI)’.

Since then, the 30-year-old has been under the care of neurosurgeon Sophie Camp at St Mary’s and Professor Tony Belli of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, as well as Wolves’ medical team at Compton.

Raul Jimenez needed emergency surgery after the collision with David Luiz

Wolves club doctor Matt Perry provided a detailed update on Jimenez for the club’s website and stressed that whilst Jimenez has made a remarkable recovery, “a degree of caution is still required”.

Dr Perry said: “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.

Wolves have praised the surgeons who helped save Raul Jimenez's life
Wolves have praised the surgeons who helped save Raul Jimenez’s life

“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.”

Jimenez joined Wolves from Benfica in 2019 for what was then a club-record £30million.

The striker has gone on to score 47 goals in 110 games for the club and has found the net a further 26 times for his country.

And Perry said the former Atletico Madrid striker should be able to continue his impressive goalscoring record next season.

Perry said: “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.”




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