Raul Jimenez took the field last night for Mexico in a friendly match against Sweden, after the decision was made that he would go to the World Cup.
The nation contested one final game ahead of flying out to Qatar. And Wolves striker Jimenez featured in the game, as head coach Gerard Martino had suggested he would.
Jimenez hadn’t kicked a ball since Wolves’ 0-0 draw against Bournemouth at the end of August.
But he played the full second-half for Mexico, which came as a real surprise to a lot of Wolves fans.
And now, journalist TV Azteca Christian Martinoli has had his say – and he’s questioned Martino’s decision to name Jimenez in his final squad.
“Jiménez was respected, from my point of view, because of the hierarchy,” he said (debate.mx translated by Sport Witness). “Jiménez, basically, at the World Cup, he should not be there.
“They have ‘brushed’ Santiago [Gimenez] who is playing, currently he is a little better, he is active, and Jiménez was respected in his hierarchy, because in the end he was always the striker that Martino liked the most.
“Jiménez hasn’t played for a long time, it’s normal for him to be like this, so today Jimenez is the third centre forward of the team, under these conditions he can’t play.”
For a lot of Wolves fans, it was no surprised that Jimenez made the final squad.
Some have felt, rightly or wrongly, that the 31-year-old has been saving himself for the World Cup.
Wolves may be very nervous seeing Jimenez play for Mexico at the World Cup, as journalist slams Martino’s decision
It remains to be seen what kind of level of involvement Jimenez gets in Qatar.
But Wolves officials are potentially going to be sweating when Mexico are in action.
The club said only last week, when Mexico decided to name Jimenez on their bench for the friendly against Iraq, that Jimenez was still not fit.
He’s now returned to play 45 minutes for Mexico against Sweden. That would suggest he’ll be getting more minutes in Qatar.
If the £100,000-a-week striker happens to aggravate his injury having returned earlier than he should, Wolves officials will be fuming.
Hopefully he is managed sensibly, and not played before he is completely ready.