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Wolverhampton Wanderers head into the international break relatively under the radar as their 2-1 victory over local rivals Aston Villa saw them rise to eighth in the table, the first time they have been in the top half since the Premier League’s opening weekend.
It allows the Wolves chief an opportunity to refresh ahead of a rather hectic festive period as the club look to push on domestically while advancing into the knockout stages of the Europa League.
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Their chances of success in either competition could hinge on whether they are able to keep striker Raul Jimenez in top condition, which after emerging reports this week, looks to be a rather tough task.
Back at the start of October, Nuno revealed his plans for the Mexican during this international break as he believed his forward wasn’t going to be part of his national team’s plans this month.
BirminghamLive cites this by stating that Mexico coach Gerardo Martino made the decision to leave him out of the squad for both October and November.
However, this week, it appears things have changed as Jimenez has joined up with the team for their last two CONCACAF Nations League fixtures against Panama and the Bermuda.
ESPN Deportes claim the 28-year-old is to have his fitness evaluated in Mexico City before he plays any part in either game.
Their reports also believe that he is expected to be available, which will surely anger those at Molineux.
Jimenez has played well over 50 matches this calendar year and could probably do with some sort of rest ahead of what is going to be a busy few months in the west Midlands.
This U-turn could end up being detrimental to Wolves’ season as the striker is such an integral part to their success, he’s netted 13 times in all competitions this campaign.
Nuno’s other options in the attack haven’t even got close – summer signing Patrick Cutrone has managed just two goals in 19 appearances while Diogo Jota has been under par by his standards for much of this campaign, netting only once in the league.
Any injury or long-term absence to Jimenez will ultimately prove disastrous for the old gold’s season prospects. He could have done with these two weeks to recharge his batteries.