In a recent press conference, Nuno just gave the world a massive update on Raul Jimenez’s possible return to Wolves this season.
Raul Jimenez has been recovering from a horror head injury he suffered during a Premier League match against Arsenal at the end of 2020. Normally, these types of issues don’t just get solved overnight and recovering from them can be extremely difficult. However, manager Nuno Espirito Santo is feeling extra confident about his star striker. In recent weeks, Raul returned to individual training sessions with a positive attitude.
When he first got injured, everybody feared the injury could affect the Mexican striker on a psychological level. But Nuno’s most recent update just gave everybody a major boost for the near future. In fact, the gaffer even hinted at a possible return to the pitch by the month of March. Although coming back won’t be as easy as he reflected it to be. Head injuries this serious can sometimes end a footballer’s career. It’s highly possible that Jimenez will have to use a helmet on a permanent basis during games.
Nuno’s news about Raul.
“We are truly positive that this can happen. It’s very good news the way he keeps improving day by day,” said Nuno via the Wolves’ website. “Not only me but all the medical staff are surprised because he’s improving on all the concussion tests that we did previously two seasons ago. He’s doing really, really well. Just by seeing him running and lifting weights and doing all these strong training sessions, it’s a big lift for everybody because first of all it’s (about) the man. It’s Raul, we want Raul back healthy and then we will get back Raul as a player and an important player for the team. The big lift for us is just having him around.”
“We had a medical plan and these things are very responsible decisions to be made because of how serious the injury was. We have to be really patient and take the right decisions and this will require decisions from the surgeon, scans on the skull – all these things take time and we will proceed according to the situation. We will not rush or take any kind of risks. The psychological aspect is not a worry for us because he’s exactly the same guy, always a smile on his face, aware of the process he has gone through and confident that he wants to return stronger. Heading and how can he deal with this situation, how his brain will react to acceleration, deceleration, jumping and impact is another issue. That will come in time.”