Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Conor Coady believes Raul Jimenez’s injury has in-part contributed to the struggles of the team this season.
There are now just five games remaining for Wolves this season, and it is looking more and more likely that Jimenez won’t be playing again this campaign.
Nuno Espirito Santo previously said he felt confident about his return.
But time is running out, and Jimenez still isn’t participating in full contact training yet.
With Wolves having little to play for, it would be no surprise at this point to see his return shelved for 2021/22.
Jimenez’s absence has undoubtedly stung Wolves, and Coady reckons that was always going to happen given his ability.
The 28-year-old said (via Wolves offical website): “It’s quite obvious that Raul’s affected us. It was a shocking injury and all we wanted after was his safety.
“Raul’s a world-class striker and if you lose a world-class striker from your team, it’s always going to affect you in one way or another.”
Jimenez loss has proven catastrophic
If Wolves fans didn’t realise the importance and quality of Jimenez before his injury, they most certainly do now.
Not only is the 29-year-old the man to put the ball in the back of the net, but the rest of his game is outstanding.
Coady is right. Losing a world-class striker would hit any team hard.
So it is little surprise Wolves have won just six league games since he got sidelined back in November.