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Ally McCoist expresses sadness at Raul Jimenez decline at Wolves

Ally McCoist described Wolves striker Raul Jimenez’s recent struggle ass ‘a real disappointment for everybody’.

The 31-year-old was again not part of Wolves’ matchday squad to face Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

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Jimenez has not featured for Wolves now since the 0-0 draw with Bournemouth at the end of August.

He’s appeared just four times so far in 2022/23, and has had fitness issues since the end of pre-season.

He came into the new campaign with a knee and adductor injury.

And recently he has been struggling with pubalgia, and is currently in his native Mexico having tests.

It has been reported that a more accurate diagnosis will be given at the end of the month.

There have been claims that Jimenez is facing a race against time to be fit for the World Cup for Mexico.

The national team coach Tata Martino apparently looked concerned at a recent press conference when speaking about the Wolves star.

On Tuesday during Wolves’ game with Crystal Palace, talk turned to Jimenez when Diego Costa was taken off to be replaced by Hwang Hee-chan.

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McCoist, on co-commentary for Amazon Prime, said (1:23:20): “It’s a real disappointment for everybody – all football fans.

“While he was firing before the injury, he was top. I’ll tell you right now, he was top. Firing on all cylinders.

“Obviously it was great to see him come back. He didn’t quite hit the heights of before his injury which is understandable.

“But you just want him to get back playing at a level that we know he can.”

It is sad to watch Raul Jimenez situation at Wolves unfold

The head injury Jimenez sustained was extremely traumatic.

It will always be such a huge shame that an accident like that happened because as McCoist says, prior to that injury Jimenez was just top.

He was without doubt one of the best all-round number nines in the Premier League.

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Jimenez is now struggling to shake off a groin injury, meaning he’s powerless to help Wolves in a time of real need.

Fans are hoping that he can someday return to his former glory. But almost two years on from that horrendous incident at the Emirates Stadium, many are losing hope that will happen.