Raul Jimenez: Wolves striker plays first game since fracturing skull


Raul Jimenez featured in his first sport for Wolves on Saturday since fracturing his cranium in November 2020.

Jimenez performed from the beginning and was substituted after 34 minutes in a 1-0 pleasant defeat to Crewe Alexandra on the Mornflake Stadium.

The Mexico striker clipped the crossbar with a deflected free-kick however failed to attain in his first outing for eight months.

New Wolves boss Bruno Lage additionally gave a debut to Francisco Trincao following his transfer from Barcelona.

Jimenez, who now wears a specially-designed headguard for heading, full-contact coaching and matches, had returned to full pre-season coaching on Monday.

He was cleared to coach totally again in Could however needed to wait till this week to be reunited with team-mates and meet new head coach Bruno Lage.

Wolves striker Jimenez was substituted after taking part in 34 minutes of the primary half

The 30-year-old acquired on-field therapy for 10 minutes and was carried off on a stretcher after an unintentional conflict of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz final yr.

Jimenez was given oxygen on the pitch earlier than being taken to St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, the place he had emergency surgical procedure for a significant traumatic mind damage (TBI) and cranium fracture.

Wolves manager Bruno Lage
Bruno Lage took cost of his first sport as Wolves supervisor

Wolves signed Jimenez for £30m from Benfica in August 2019 after an preliminary season-long mortgage and he signed a brand new four-year deal final October.

He has scored 48 objectives in a complete of 110 appearances for the membership in all competitions, netting 4 occasions in 9 Premier League appearances final season earlier than his damage.

No rapid impression for Nuno

Nuno Espirito Santo started his reign with a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient
Nuno Espirito Santo began his reign with a 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient

Former Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo took cost of his first sport as Tottenham boss however Leyton Orient held the Premier League membership to a 1-1 draw at The Breyer Group Stadium.

Dane Scarlett fired Spurs into the lead simply earlier than half-time – his first purpose for the membership. Nonetheless, Ruel Sotiriou levelled for the League Two aspect.

In the meantime, Patrick Vieira did take pleasure in a successful begin as Crystal Palace supervisor as Wilfried Zaha scored the one purpose of their pleasant at Walsall.

Zaha opened the scoring after 4 minutes as Palace started life with out former boss Roy Hodgson in strong model.

Elsewhere, Arsenal have been held 2-2 by Rangers at Ibrox.


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