Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raúl Jiménez returned to training after recovering from a skull fracture, but his return to the team still has to wait, coach Nuno Espirito Santo said Thursday.
Last November, Jiménez was taken to hospital after a head clash with Arsenal defender David Luiz. Although the club was initially not optimistic about the Mexican’s return this season, his recovery is on the right track and his comeback is a little closer.
“He is training, most of the sessions individually. He has been able to integrate into some parts of the training sessions, such as technical exercises, so he is improving, ”said Nuno before Friday’s game against Leeds.
“He is improving very well, but we have to be very careful. We stay positive. (We are) missing him, but knowing that he is going in the right direction, taking the right steps and he is on the mend. “
“He will continue to improve his physical condition, following the protocols, taking exams and consulting the neurosurgeon who operated him; are the next steps. It requires patience ”.
Wolves have struggled without Jiménez, but have gained momentum in recent weeks with seven points from three games to take 12th place, two points behind Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds.
“Bielsa is undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches and what we know is that they are very competitive. It will require the best of us, ”said Nuno.
“The tactical approach they have, man-to-man across the pitch, is unique in the Premier League. It is very difficult for all the opponents because, apart from what they do which is unique, they have talent and aptitude ”.