The Wolves striker Raúl Jiménez has been given the all-clear to continue preparing for a return to action next season. The 30-year-old Mexican fractured his skull and sustained a brain injury in a sickening collision during Wolves’ win against Arsenal last November.
Matt Perry, the Wolves club doctor, said in a statement on the club’s website: “Further match-based rehabilitation will start in July and will be tightly controlled initially. This respects the fact that although his recovery appears to be total there is a big step from training to competition. We hope and expect that Raul will be able to play a full part in Wolves’ 2021-22 season.”
Jiménez received on-field treatment for 10 minutes and was carried off the field on a stretcher after an accidental clash of heads with the Arsenal defender David Luiz. The Mexico international, who returned to full training in March, was given oxygen on the pitch before being taken to St Mary’s hospital in Paddington, where he had emergency surgery for a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) and skull fracture.
Perry said: “His skull fracture has now healed well; he will wear a protective headguard to cover the area of bony injury for the remainder of his career, but it is adjudged strong enough for him to return to play with this protection.
“A brain injury such as concussion can take weeks and months to recover fully and TBI will sometimes leave lasting deficits. It is wonderful to be able to say that Raul has made a remarkable and excellent recovery to date. He has no measurable signs of deficit and is now at the stage when he can contemplate a return to the career he loves; but a degree of caution is still required.”