Raul Jimenez finally got himself back on the scoresheet yesterday for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The striker bagged the only goal of the game against Southampton in the Premier League – 336 days after his last strike in the competition.
In a game that wasn’t particularly great in terms of quality from either side, it was an outstanding goal from the Mexican.
He didn’t really have any right to score as the ball first landed from Jose Sa’s kick.
But he fended off Jan Bednarek, cut inside Mohammed Salisu before sitting Bednarek down and finishing.
It was very much a ‘pre-injury Jimenez’ type of goal, and one that will hopefully give him great confidence now.
The star will no doubt have been itching for that moment, and it was brilliant to see him scoring a goal of such high quality for his first one since the injury.
Jimenez has been inundated with messages from supporters and fellow professionals after his heroics yesterday.
Following the game, he wrote on Instagram: “This goal is not only celebrated by me, we celebrate it by my family, all my colleagues, doctors, physios and all the people who have always supported me and never doubted that I would come back stronger.
“This is the way, and keep working to go for more.”
Diogo Jota responds
A number of players responded to the post from Jimenez, including former Molineux attacker Diogo Jota, who said ‘Coisa linda’, which translates to ‘Beautiful thing’.
Jota, of course, often supported Jimenez in attack at Molineux before sealing his move to Liverpool last year.
The pair had a good understanding with one another on the pitch, with Jota assisting Jimenez 11 times. And Jimenez laid on six assists for Jota.