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Wolves to ask Premier League if Raul Jimenez can wear bespoke headband in games

Raul Jimenez is training in a bespoke protective headband and Wolves plan to ask the Premier League if he can wear it in games.

Wanderers’ Mexico striker is stepping up his impressive comeback after surgery on a fractured skull sustained at Arsenal in November.

The forward, 29, who has scored 48 goals since joining in 2019, is still not heading the ball or participating in practise games.

But he has been taking part in drills wearing his headband designed by Wolves’ medical team.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo expects to see Jimenez back before Wolves’ season ends at home to Manchester United on May 23.

Raul Jimenez is back to training and wearing a specially made headband

And he could be wearing his headband, which Nuno says is much more advanced than the skull cap Petr Cech used after his head fracture in 2006.

Nuno, whose side host Liverpool on Monday, compared: “It is different, it is much more advanced.

“It is amazing what technology does.

“He feels comfortable with it and is able to do almost every action.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has been thrilled at Raul JImenez’s recovery and bravery after a fractured skull

“We are on to the next step and let’s see if it is able to be applied in competition.

“The only goal of the gear is to be useful in the preparation and in the competition.

“But with Raul there are still a lot of question marks and boxes we have to tick.

“It is a protective headgear that he uses during the training sessions.

“Something that prevents any kind of contact on the skull.

Raul Jimenez receives help on the pitch at the Emirates after his sickening head injury

“Now it is a better approach for him to be more involved inside the training sessions.

“He is doing quite well and is improving.

“He has not decided yet whether it is for when he returns to competitions.

“We are working on that process.

“We are taking these steps very carefully but always with the intention to bring him back the best way possible.”

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Nuno also revealed he expects Jimenez to be involved with Mexico’s squad to face Wales on March 27 in Cardiff.

The striker will not be available for selection but Nuno added: “I think it would be good for him to join the Mexico squad and see his friends.”

Nuno also again praised Jimenez’s attitude throughout his ordeal.

He said: “When you see someone that had something so serious and he is so positive about it all, Raul is amazing.”




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