Raul Jimenez has finally returned to Premier League action for Wolves, after suffering a fractured skull back in November.
The Mexican star took to the field last weekend against Leicester City, nine months on from the horrific scenes that unfolded at Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
A clash of heads with David Luiz left Jimenez fighting for his life that night.
He was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital for emergency surgery.
Thankfully, the 30-year-old pulled through, and has worked incredibly hard to be able to pull on the Old Gold shirt once more.
Ahead of playing in front of a full house at Molineux against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend, Jimenez sat down before the media to talk about his recovery and journey back to fitness.
It is a testament to Jimenez’s character that he actually really wanted to resume playing in May.
He felt ready, but was told to wait by medics.
He said (The Athletic): “The most difficult part was the last month of last season. I felt I was ready but the decision of the surgeons was that my skull hadn’t fully recovered.
“That’s something that you can’t feel. You feel good and prepared and then, at the last moment, the MRI or scans told us that it wasn’t fully recovered.
“That was the most difficult part because you think you are ready but you are not. It’s not like if I injured my knee, because that’s something I could feel when I walked but I felt really good. But it was not my time yet.”
Jimenez’s mental strength is remarkable
It is a fascinating interview with Jimenez.
Such an incident might have left other footballers fearful of playing football again. It would be completely understandable.
But the former Benfica man appears to be unfazed by what has happened.
He says he’s been able to rewatch what happened, and The Athletic describe him as ‘laissez-faire’ about the incident.
The fact he was eager to get back playing in May really suggests how mentally strong he is