Wolves slipped to defeat yesterday in Bruno Lage’s first match in charge.

The team lost 1-0 to Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Roady, with Christopher Long scoring the game’s only goal.

Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Friendly
Bruno Lage (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus/Getty Images)

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Although it is always nice to win, results are not massively important in pre-season – it’s obviously all about getting minutes into players’ legs, and giving chances to youngsters and those on the fringes.

Lage named a fairly strong side to begin with in a 4-4-2 formation.

The most eye-catching part of the manager’s first starting XI, was the inclusion of Raul Jimenez.

Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Friendly
Raul Jimenez (Photo by James Baylis – AMA/Getty Images)

The 30-year-old was playing for the first time since his horror head clash with David Luiz at Arsenal.

The star was handed 34 minutes, before being substituted off in what was a pre-planned change.

 

It has been a long road to recovery for Jimenez.

Many fans will never forget those harrowing scenes at the Emirates Stadium.

Crewe Alexandra v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Pre-Season Friendly
Raul Jimenez (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The fact he has been able to return is amazing news, and many can’t wait to see him run out at Molineux.

Jimenez’s cameo against Crewe was successful; he looked quite sharp and almost scored when his free-kick deflected onto crossbar. He also won a header.

The Mexico international took to Instagram last night to mark his return after 230 days on the sidelines, writing: “It’s good to be back!”

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