Raul Jimenez’s injury could be worse than first feared, and the striker’s World Cup hopes could now be in jeopardy.
According to journalist Juan Carlos Zuniga, the Wolves striker had an MRI scan recently which revealed the abductor had been ‘compromised’.
Zuniga was at the press conference in which Mexico manager Tata Martino spoke about Jimenez.
According to Zuniga, Martino’s face ‘said it all’. He goes as far as to claim that Jimenez will not make the World Cup in Qatar.
Jimenez has made just four appearances this season for Wolves, and scored one goal against Preston North End in the Carabao Cup.
He was unavailable for selection in Wolves’ last two Premier League games against Southampton and Manchester City.
Wolves last put out an update on Jimenez last week, stating that he had a groin/adductor issue and that he was joining up with the Mexico squad to continue his rehabilitation.
They added that they were expecting the £30 million star to be back in a few weeks.
Recently, the Express & Star had reported that Jimenez was expected to return in time for the game against Chelsea.
But these new claims may well cast doubt on that.
Should Jimenez be really struggling, then it places even more importance on Diego Costa getting himself to peak fitness levels in the coming days.
The star was brought in as a free agent, but has not played in 2022 after leaving Atletico Mineiro in January.
Raul Jimenez could miss World Cup, which means Wolves game time may be in jeopardy
Hopefully Wolves will provide another update on Jimenez soon but these claims coming from Mexico are concerning.
Zuniga saying that Jimenez won’t go to the World Cup is a very big claim, and surely casts doubt on his playing time for Wolves.
He hadn’t been in good form for Wanderers. But Wolves still can’t afford to have him on the sidelines right now.
There is no telling how Costa is going to get on and, really, Wolves need two strikers pushing each other.
Hopefully, Jimenez is able to shake this issue off as soon as possible.