Raul is back! Jimenez scores for the first time since skull fracture
Raul is back! Jimenez finds the net for the first time since horrific skull fracture as Mexican scores for Wolves in pre-season friendly against Stoke
- Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific injury last year
- The 30-year-old has been sidelined for a lengthy spell due to a skull fracture
- Wolves’ No 9 was in position to tap home a rebound against Stoke on Saturday
- Jimenez has returned to full training ahead of the new season under Bruno Lage
Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific skull fracture as the Wolves striker found the net against Stoke in a pre-season friendly.
The Mexican, 30, has been out of action since his distressing injury obtained last November, when he clashed heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz in the early stages of Wolves’ 2-1 win in north London.
Jimenez has been steadily recovering from the serious injury at the club’s Compton training base and returned for full pre-season training under new boss Bruno Lage earlier this month.
Raul Jimenez has scored for the first time since his horrific skull fracture last November
The 30-year-old was on the mark to tap home a rebound for the Molineux side at Stoke
And the former Benfica and Atletico Madrid striker got back on the scoresheet on Saturday after coolly slotting home to equalise after Nelson Semedo’s shot was parried by Josef Bursik.
Due to the nature of his injury, Jimenez will wear a special headband to protect his skull for the foreseeable future. The Mexican was confident in challenging for aerial contests and won plenty of headers in the first half.
A packed out away end warmly serenaded Wolves’ No 9 at the Bet365 Stadium, with the West Midlands club looking to implement Lage’s attacking style of football ahead of the new season.
Jimenez has been out of action since his distressing head injury against Arsenal last year
The Mexican star looks up to the skies after scoring again for the men in old gold on Saturday
Wolves parted ways with Nuno Espirito Santo at the end of the last campaign, with club chiefs looking to move away from the Portuguese’s organised, defence-first approach.
Wanderers have looked slightly leaky at the back this pre-season, having lost to Crewe and conceded three to Las Palmas, while Danny Batth found the net in the opening half for the Potters.
The Molineux side finished 13th in the Premier League last season – their lowest league position since returning to the top flight in 2018-19.
Wolves have stepped up preparations for the new season under new boss Bruno Lage
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