Raul Jimenez is officially back playing football again.

The star finally turned out for Wolverhampton Wanderers again on Saturday, starting in the 1-0 pre-season defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

He was handed a little over half an hour, before making way in a pre-planned change.

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Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Friendly
Raul Jimenez (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

It was a positive cameo from the 30-year-old, who linked up well with his teammates and came close to scoring from a free-kick.

That he has made it to this point is simply amazing news.

Few will forget the horrible scenes that unfolded on the night he clashed heads with David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium last November.

He had to undergo career and life-saving surgery that night, but thankfully he has come out the other side.

Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Friendly
Raul Jimenez (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Everyone connected with Wolves was delighted to see him back out there on Saturday, and John Ruddy has spoken of his shock at how quickly he was up and about after the incident.

 

The goalkeeper said (via The Athletic): “He’s almost shaken it off like it never happened.

“It’s surreal to see how well he’s done in such a short space of time. Three or four weeks after he did it he was out and about, walking, doing keepy-ups with the ball, it was incredible.

“He’s worked tirelessly hard to get back to where he is now.”

A model professional

Ruddy’s comments just indicate what an amazing professional Jimenez is.

Clearly he was determined right from the outset to get back playing again.

Raul Jimenez Continues his Rehabilitation at Wolves
Raul Jimenez (Photo by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC/Getty Images)

He has evidently done everything in his power to make his return to action as swift as possible, and he deserves all the praise in the world for that given how severe the injury was.

Hopefully now, he’ll get back to banging in the goals in front of a full house at Molineux.

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