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Wolves set for Raul Jimenez injury boost

Wolverhampton Wanderers kickstarted their season into gear with a nerve-racking 1-0 victory over Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

It marked their first league win this term and it came at an ideal time for the club, moving them away from the relegation zone into 14th place.

The victory came at a massive price for the Old Gold, however, with new signing Sasa Kalajdzic substituted at half-time with knee pain which was later revealed to be an ACL injury, and he could be out for a while.

Fellow striker Raul Jimenez – who has already struggled with injury this season – was withdrawn before kick-off with a pain in his groin, which plunged Lage back into the striker crisis that he felt had alleviated following Kalajdzic’s move to Molineux.

There could be a silver lining, though, with The Athletic reporting that Jimenez is set to train this week and could be available for the clash against Liverpool at the weekend.

The Mexican was the club’s joint-top scorer alongside Daniel Podence last season with six goals and was arguably the team’s focal point through the middle as they claimed a top-half finish.

It’s still a far cry from his first two Premier League seasons at the club, though, when he netted 13 goals in 2018/19 and 17 in the following campaign.

Lage was overly reliant on the 31-year-old last term and this summer was the perfect time to bring in another couple of centre-forwards to take the burden off Jimenez. Goncalo Guedes arrived from Valencia, but he is more effective from wide areas.

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It will be a major relief to the Wolves boss that Jimenez could be fit for the trip to Anfield on Saturday, as otherwise he would have had to rely yet again on winger Podence to provide Wolves’ biggest goal threat.

The 26-year-old has scored twice this season, both times in the Premier League, with his goal enough to seal all three points against the Saints last weekend.

With Liverpool there for the taking after a poor start to the season by their lofty standards, it might well be written for Jimenez to kickstart his season with a goal or two at Anfield on Saturday.

Article title: Wolves set for Raul Jimenez injury boost

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