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Many at Wolves have shown sympathy for Raul Jimenez's decision to link up with Mexico

Raul Jimenez is back with his Wolves teammates now, after featuring at the World Cup with Mexico.

The striker battled hard to be fit for the tournament in Qatar, and has not played for Wolves since the end of August due to a niggling groin injury.

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The tournament probably came a bit too soon for him in the end.

Jimenez was only able to make a few cameo appearances against Poland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia.

He could not feature in the way he would have liked. And manager Tata Martino was heavily criticised for selecting him in his final squad.

Many felt he should have plumped for Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez, who has been in great form.

But Jimenez got the nod, and in the end played for just 59 minutes in total.

According to The Athletic, those back at Wolves have shown genuine sympathy for the 31-year-old and his decision to focus on getting fit for the World Cup.

The feeling was that this was likely Jimenez’s last World Cup, and that it was a gamble he needed to take.

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And Wolves were happy for him to try. Had there not been a World Cup this winter, he would only have played for the U21s as part of his recovery.

The Athletic also touch on the player’s future at Wolves.

Jimenez, who cost Wolves £30 million, has been linked with an exit from the club in January. It is stated that he has interest from the MLS.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility he could depart next month. But the suggestion is that he’s more likely to stay than leave.

The optics of the Raul Jimenez injury situation have not been good, and the Wolves striker should clear everything up

Some fans have been frustrated by the Jimenez situation over the past couple of months.

In the eyes of some, Wolves have played second fiddle to Mexico for the star. And some have been unable to accept him being with the national team over his club. Especially with Wolves struggling so much.

It certainly hasn’t given off a good look, and sadly some have been quite critical of Jimenez as a result.

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He’s kept quiet about everything over the last couple of months, as have Wolves, which probably hasn’t helped matters.

Maybe he ought to just communicate with the fans, even if briefly, just to smooth things over.

It is likely that if he was just honest about everything, many would have no issues at all.