In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who made 561 appearances for Wolves, believes Raul Jimenez will be able to come back the same player despite fracturing his skull earlier this season, but thinks we’ll have to wait until next season to see the Mexican in full flow.
Jimenez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal in November last year but is now back doing some training with the first team as he speeds up his recovery, and potentially aiming to get some game time before the end of the season.
The Mexican’s injury has left a huge void in Wolves’ side which has been clear to see by their results and performances this season with Jimenez being the club’s talisman and a Nuno Santo favourite, having netted 47 times in 110 games for the Midlands side.
Speaking on how the £31.5m-rated Jimenez may come back after his injury and if we will see the same player which Wolves relied so heavily on before his injury, Bull told FFC exclusively:
“I think it’s going to be tough because once you’ve been hit in the head with a 10-tonne hammer and you’ve cracked your skull, you’re going to be wary.
“I’ve interviewed him a few times and he is very mentally prepared, so I think he’ll be very cautious when he first starts playing.
“I think he will come back the same player. However, I doubt it will be this season. I think it’ll be next season because I think Nuno will gradually break him in this season to get his confidence up, and then get him ready for next year.”
Despite not playing since November, Jimenez is still Wolves’ third top scorer with four, only behind Ruben Neves and Pedro Neto who both have five respectively.
In his two previous seasons with Wolves, Jimenez had reached scored 13 and 17 goals respectively. However, he also registered eight and six assists across those two campaigns highlighting how important the Mexican is for Wolves’ general game plan to work.