Raul Jimenez has taken to social media, after making his long-awaited comeback in the Premier League yesterday.
The 30-year-old was selected to start against Leicester City by Bruno Lage, nine months on from suffering a skull fracture against Arsenal.
The Mexican star’s presence wasn’t quite enough to inspire Wolves to a result, with the Foxes winning 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.
The fact he has even been able to don the Old Gold shirt again though was a beautiful sight.
There were not only fears for Jimenez’s playing career that night as he lay motionless on the Emirates turf, but his life.
Conor Coady said of the incident (via The Athletic): “It was the worst thing I’ve seen on a football pitch. The noise of it, the feeling of it. When it happened I couldn’t believe it.”
He was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital that evening for emergency surgery.
Thankfully Jimenez pulled through, and yesterday it was joyous to see him featuring in the Premier League once more.
The star took social media to mark the occasion, writing: “I waited almost 9 months for this moment, waited to compete again and I’m back. Not the result we wanted but this is gonna help us to grow as a team.”
The image he uploaded along with the message was of him challenging Foxes defender Caglar Soyuncu in an aerial 50-50, perhaps signifying the player is winning any psychological battle.
On Instagram, there were hundreds of messages of support, including from Molineux duo Pedro Neto and Fernando Marcal. Neto wrote ‘Bicho’, which means ‘Animal’.
Marcal commented ‘Feliz por ti craque’, which translates to ‘Happy for you star’.
There was also a show of support from Liverpool star and ex-Wolves man Diogo Jota: