There has been a question mark over whether Raul Jimenez will play for Wolves at Aston Villa today.

That is because Jimenez has had a long trip back from international duty with Mexico.

But when asked about it, Lage was pretty emphatic in his response, as per the Birmingham Mail.

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“Raul only played, I think, 90, 60 and 30, so it’s not a question,” Lage responded when asked whether he will rest Jimenez.

“All the teams have this kind of problem. It’s a question of deciding the best thing for each moment.

“When you look back and see the way Raul played in the last two games, with a goal and two assists with two good performances, but now we need to make our best decisions.”


Lage did hint Romain Saiss could be rested: “We will take more care about the guys who play more time, like Saiss, than Raul. Saiss played three games and (Friday) he rested. It’s more about the minutes they have in the game.”

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Lage is clearly pleased by how Jimenez has been managed by Mexico during his time on international duty.

He should be well-rested enough to play at Villa Park from the sounds of it.

Saiss could be the one who gets rested and if he is, Willy Boly could well come in.

That said, Boly himself has been away on international duty with Ivory Coast, so might not be that much fresher himself.

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