Last season Wolves were rocked by significant injury blows throughout the season.
As the Old Gold collapsed to a 13th-placed finish, they witnessed a campaign play out without Raul Jimenez for the vast majority of it. Jonny, Fernando Marcal, Daniel Podence and Pedro Neto were further players to pick up nasty injury problems.
Although Jonny and Neto are set to miss the opening weekend’s clash against Leicester, Wolves have received good news on the injury front. That’s because Jimenez is fully fit and ready to take on the Foxes at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference yesterday after being asked whether the Mexican was ready to return, Bruno Lage revealed: “Yes. We worked for six weeks very well. Progression OK with the doctor. No problems. He is fit and ready to go.”
This news will come as a monumental boost to Wolves’ hopes of winning their first match under the new management team.
Jimenez has been missing since fracturing his skull towards the end of November, when the Midlands outfit took on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The striker wasn’t seen again until pre-season when he finally made a sufficient enough recovery to return.
When he was on the sidelines, Wolves struggled significantly. Pedro Neto and Ruben Neves ended the campaign as the club’s joint-top scorers in the league but they amassed just five apiece.
All of that culminated in a dismal end to the season for Wolves. Their ambition of achieving European football swiftly faded away as they finished in the bottom half of the table for the first time since being promoted in 2018.
Jimenez has scored an impressive 48 goals in 110 outings for the club, which means he is undoubtedly their star man up top, so to have him fit for the start of the campaign should leave Lage absolutely delighted.