Late on Sunday night, Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his skull he received during his club’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal. The 29-year-old received the terrifying knock five minutes into Sunday’s match after he collided with Arsenal center back David Luiz. The Mexican native remained on the ground for several minutes until paramedic staff stretchered him off the pitch and into the training area, all the while with Jimenez receiving oxygen.
Wolves released a statement earlier Monday morning, announcing that the star striker was “comfortable” after his operation. They added that “he has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.”
While it is of course way too early to discern any timetable for his return, the fact that he is safe should be the main takeaway as of now. With that being said, the previous player to go through an injury like this, Everton’s Michael Keane, was out of action for around a month just two years ago. Other players who have fractured their skulls have been forced to miss longer periods of time, so it is impossible to make a solid prediction.
Before this weekend, Jimenez had continued to stand as one of Wolverhampton’s most important players on the pitch. Over his 10 Premier League appearances this season, the Mexican had bagged a team-high four goals and had helped the orange shirts earn much important results against the likes of Newcastle United and Leeds United. Beyond that, Jimenez’s pure ability was seen as a threat in and of itself, which is something that coach Nuno Espirito Santo will surely miss.
It’s expected that with Jimenez sure to miss a good chunk of time, Wolves will have to utilize 18-year-old Fabio Silva as their newest man up top. The highly rated wunderkind joined Wolves from Porto on a £35M transfer fee just a few months ago, and is seen by many to be the club’s golden boy of the future. But with Jimenez on the shelf, it appears that the future is now for the long haired Portuguese International.
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