Raul Jimenez has finally returned to training after the skull fracture he picked up against Arsenal back in November.

Raul Jimenez via Getty
Raul Jimenez via Getty

Sporting a very impressive scar, Raul Jimenez has thankfully now returned to training although there are still some limits on what he can do and he is some way from playing properly again.

For a start, he’s still not allowed any contact in training so, while he can play with the ball with his teammates, he is not able to participate fully in training.

That being said, we should all be thankful that he’s back on the field after such an awful injury.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo said: “He’s feeling well and good, and we decided that was the best step, together with the doctor, to integrate him into parts of the training session because working by yourself for many hours can become hard to handle, but we still have to wait.

“It’s all about how he reacts to situations now, things that he didn’t do before and how he reacts to different exercises.

“He will give us the right answers and the right timing to make any further decisions.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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Raul Jimenez undergoes surgery for fractured skull after David Luiz head clash

Wolves have confirmed that Raul Jimenez is doing well after the player underwent surgery on Sunday night for a fractured skull.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is stretchered off after colliding with David Luiz of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers is stretchered off after colliding with David Luiz of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

There was, rightly, much concern after the accidental clash of heads between Wolves’ Raul Jimenez and Arsenal’s David Luiz and while one player played on, at least until half-time (which he shouldn’t), the other was rushed to hospital and had to undergo surgery because of a fractured skull.

How could the head that did that be ok to carry on? A discussion for another day, for sure.

Thankfully, Wolves have confirmed that Jimenez’s surgery was a success.

“Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital,” Wolves said in a statement.

“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.

“The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers receives medical treatment during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Emirates Stadium on November 29, 2020 (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

“The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course.”

Speaking after the game, Mikel Arteta said, “It was a really tense situation because the collision was surprising and straightaway you could see the reaction of the players, asking for the doctors to come on the field, which is never a good reaction.

“Then I just had news from David that the doc made all the tests and followed all the protocols to make sure that he was fine. He responded really well to all of them, but it was a nasty cut. David wanted to continue and he continued, but at half-time we decided to take him out because he was uncomfortable heading the ball.

Arsenal's Brazilian defender David Luiz is seen with his head bandaged during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz is seen with his head bandaged during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 29, 2020. (Photo by Julian Finney / POOL / AFP)

“And with Raul, I’m really concerned and worried and want to send him our best wishes for him and his family because it looked really nasty and hopefully he can make a good recovery.”

Everybody here at Daily Cannon wishes Raul a speedy and full recovery.

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