Nuno Espirito Santo has given another very encouraging update on the progress of Wolverhampton Wanderers star Raul Jimenez.
The Mexican has been out of action since the end of November after fracturing his skull against Arsenal, and fans have been waiting with baited breath for news about his return to action.
That still hasn’t arrived, but the manager has provided some more positive news over the 29-year-old.
Speaking at his press conference yesterday, he said (Wolves official): “He’s doing good. We had consultation and the results are amazing, so gradually he will progress, but it’s too soon to predict an exact moment.
“He’s working by himself, but with a good intensity in his training sessions, so we are really positive and delighted that everything’s going to be OK.”
Given the nature of the injury, many people have been wondering how Jimenez might be affected in terms of heading the ball.
Some have been keen to know if Jimenez will need to wear Petr Cech/Christian Chivu-style headgear for protection when he’s back playing..
That was put to Nuno, who said: “[Wearing head protection] that’s not been discussed. It’s in everybody’s heads, but until that moment, we still have a lot of procedures to follow, trainings to do, and then we will assess that situation.
“Hopefully it will not be required, but it’s there, it could be a solution, but not for now. We’re not thinking about that.”
Whatever is necessary for Raul
Headgear probably wouldn’t be ideal for Jimenez given the amount of aerial battles he contests and headed efforts on goal he has, but it could be a case of needs-must.
Hopefully it will not be required for the £30 million star (BBC Sport), but if medics deem it necessary when the time comes for him to return then he will need to adapt.