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Jimenez returns from injury after almost 8 months out

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez is set to return to active football after 230 days out injured. He had a surgery to treat a fractured skull after a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during a Premier League game last November.

Jimenez was wheeled off the field wearing an oxygen mask and taken to the hospital.

Wolves gave an encouraging update hours after the game, saying the Mexico striker was conscious and talking.
“Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital,” Wolves said in a statement.

The last Premier League player to sustain an I injury or similar nature was Everton defender Michael Keane, who had a hairline fracture of the skull in August 2018 and was out for a month.

Before that, Ryan Mason fractured his skull in a clash of heads while playing for Hull at Chelsea in January 2017. He returned to training in May of that year but didn’t play another competitive match and was forced to retire in February 2018 on the advice of neurologists.

Jimenez’s heading ability is among the best in the Premier League among strikers, and is a key part of his game.

Without its top scorer from last season and arguably the team’s best player, Wolves had only one out-and-out striker in Fabio Silva — an 18-year-old player who arrived from Porto in the off-season for a reported fee of 35 million pounds ($45 million)

However, Jimenez is set to return to active football as he’s been named as a starter in Wolves preseason game against Crewe Alexandes today. He’s also to resume the new season with Wolves as they have a faceoff with Midland rivals Leicester City on Matchday 1

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