Wolverhampton Wanderers’ correspondent Liam Keen has been speaking on the latest Express & Star Wolves Podcast to discuss Raul Jimenez’s return to football after his lengthy period out.
Jimenez has made his return to action after being forced to sit out for months after fracturing his skull in a Premier League clash against Arsenal last November.
Do you think Wolves will give Jimenez time to find form?
The Mexican striker has now played every minute in all five of Wolves’ Premier League games this season, however, he is yet to find the back of the net in his 450 minutes of action (via Transfermarkt).
In the weekend’s defeat to Thomas Frank’s Brentford, Jimenez was seen removing his protective headband and playing on without it in the closing stages of the game at Molineux.
Speaking on the matter, Keen revealed what had been said by Wolves manager Bruno Lage after Jimenez was seen playing without the protective headwear on Saturday.
“Speaking to Bruno about that afterwards, he sort of cut it off, really. He said it’s not a concern on his part, you know, he’s frustrated for missing the chance. He’s getting used to wearing it, it’s not going to be a problem.
“But the bottom line is he will not play football if he’s not wearing it. Medically, he has to, and then other things come into it like insurance and all this kind of stuff.
“There’s a lot of reasons, but the overarching one is that medically, he will not be allowed to play football if he’s not wearing it.”
TIF Thoughts on Jimenez’s return…
It has been a really difficult return to action for Jimenez following the serious injury and his lack of goals will come as a frustration to a player who had scored four in his opening six games last season (via Transfermarkt).
However, we think the striker must give himself time to adapt to his footballing life wearing the protective headband as he finds his limits with it on his head.