Raul Jimenez is on the comeback trail at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There’s no word on when he will return specifically, but he will definitely pull on the old gold shirt again, and fans are waiting patiently for that special moment.
Nuno Espirito Santo is hopeful the momentous occasion will arrive before the end of the current season.
All seems to be going well, with the player currently engaging in individual sessions at Compton Park.
Next up for Jimenez will be the rejoining of first-team training with the rest of his teammates, and former Wolves player Don Goodman believes one key thing needs to happen for the Mexican.
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Like Jimenez, Goodman fractured his skull against Huddersfield Town playing for Wolves in 1996.
He recovered in six months, and went on to have another seven years as a professional footballer (via Yorkshire Live, 2017).
It is his belief that £30 million star Jimenez (BBC Sport) probably needs to experience something now to help him overcome any psychological barrier he may have, ahead of going full contact again.
He said (Birmingham Mail): “It’s like any injury.
“When a player breaks his leg, he needs that strong challenge. When a player tears a hamstring, he needs to be able to sprint and understand that it’s not going to go again.
“I had a moment in training where I was wearing a skullcap still because I wasn’t allowed to head the ball.
“I was joining in five-a-side and a ball was smashed straight towards my face and human nature made me duck my head, put my chin on my chest, and I took it on the top of the head.
“It smacked me right where the fracture was and knocked me off my feet. Training stopped and the lads piled round me. I was giggling on the floor because I knew after that moment that I was OK. That was the test for me.
“Raul will have his own test, whether that’s heading a ball in training or clashing heads.”