Raul Jimenez has been pictured back at Wolves’ training ground as he steps up his return from injury.
The striker has been out of action since the end of August after pulling up in the warm-up before the victory over Southampton on September 3rd.
As revealed by the club’s official website, the Mexico international had been struggling with a groin issue for a number of years, but this time it was proving ‘more challenging’ to overcome.
However, as reported by Liam Keen of the Express and Star, the 31-year-old was due to fly back to England from his home country, where he was completing his rehabilitation.
Now, he has been pictured on the grass, as posted on Wolves’ Instagram account with the caption: ‘Raul Jimenez back at Compton’.
TIF Thoughts on Jimenez and Wolves…
Will Jimenez shine when he returns?
Following the talisman’s setback, the Midlanders swooped to sign Sasa Kalajdzic, but he was struck by an ACL injury on his debut.
Diego Costa was then recruited as emergency cover but is yet to register a goal for the club and was shown a straight red card for a headbutt on Ben Mee last Saturday.
As a result, he will be out until after the mid-season break, but given that Jimenez is hoping to head to Qatar, you would wonder whether he will rush himself back.
He may have to prove himself before being selected, but he is their talisman.
During his absence in the recent September internationals, no Mexican centre-forwards got on the scoresheet, which may suggest he is a shoo-in for the final squad even if he doesn’t feature between now and Mexico’s opening group game with Poland on 22nd November.
El Tri will play two friendlies prior to the tournament, meaning it’s possible that Wolves’ No 9 will save himself for those fixtures as opposed to his club’s three remaining games against Brighton & Hove Albion, Leeds United and Arsenal.