Raul Jimenez: Wolves striker returns to full training ahead of new Premier League season

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has completed his first full training sessions since suffering a fractured skull last November.

Jimenez, who will wear a specially-designed headguard for heading, full-contact training and matches, has been a full participant since Wolves returned for pre-season training on Monday.

The Mexico international was cleared to train fully back in May but had to wait until this week to be reunited with team-mates and meet new head coach Bruno Lage.

Jimenez is expected to be in contention for Wolves’ pre-season campaign, which begins against Crewe Alexandra on July 17.

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The 30-year-old received on-field treatment for 10 minutes and was carried off on a stretcher after an accidental clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz last year.

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He was given oxygen on the pitch before being taken to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, where he had emergency surgery for a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) and skull fracture.

Jimenez underwent tests in May, which revealed his skull fracture had healed well. He will need to wear a protective headguard for the remainder of his career.

Wolves signed Jimenez for £30m from Benfica in August 2019 after an initial season-long loan and he signed a new four-year deal last October.

He has scored 48 goals in a total of 110 appearances for the club in all competitions, netting four times in nine Premier League appearances last season before his injury.

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