Wolves striker Raul Jimenez will not feature for Mexico against Jamaica, with the star still recovering from injury.
The 30-year-old was forced to miss Wolves’ victory over Brentford last weekend, with Fabio Silva starting in his place for the first time in the Premier League this season.
Jimenez has a problem with his calf, and Bruno Lage said he didn’t want to create any problems for the former Benfica man.
In the end, Jimenez’s absence thankfully didn’t prove costly.
Wolves ran out 2-1 winners against the Bees, and Silva did a decent job leading the line.
But it seems Jimenez still isn’t quite fully fit to play.
He has traveled to be with the Mexico squad, but Gerardo Martino has confirmed (ESPN) he won’t play in the nation’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Jamaica tonight.
El Tri currently sit in third in their eight-team group, level on points (14) with fourth-placed Panama.
Mexico must finish at least third to seal automatic qualification to the finals in Qatar. Each nation has six games left to play.
After Jamaica tonight, Mexico then face Costa Rica on January 30 and then Panama on February 2.
It remains to be seen if Jimenez will be passed fit to feature in any of those two other games.
Wolves must ensure no chances are taken with Jimenez’s injury
So Jimenez won’t feature tonight, which is a blow for Martino.
Jimenez remains a vitally important player for his country. But he is still also very key for Wolves.
Molineux officials need to ensure that they are kept in the loop about Jimenez’ condition. There is probably no doubt about that.
The fact Mexico’s three games are taking place within the space of six days is a slight concern for Wolves regarding Jimenez.
Hopefully he won’t be rushed back to play against Costa Rica. The last thing Wolves need is him aggravating his issue.
Wanderers’ are back in action on February 5 as they face Norwich City in the FA Cup fourth round.