The Wolves players have today flown out to Spain ahead of some warm weather training in Marbella – and Raul Jimenez is set to join his teammates.
Julen Lopetegui has taken his new squad to Wanderers’ pre-season training base, and will be putting everyone through their paces ahead of the game with Gillingham on December 20.
The hard work really starts now.
The players have had a week training under Lopetegui back at Compton Park, where he has been able to form some initial judgements.
And yesterday, Wolves took on Birmingham City in a friendly match, with the game finishing 2-2. Diego Costa and Daniel Podence both got on the scoresheet.
The squad will now have a few games out in Marbella.
According to the club, the team will spend 10 days at the camp, and face Cadiz FC and Empoli.
And Wolves’ new sporting director Matt Hobbs has said that Raul Jimenez will be joining up with his teammates.
He said (via Wolves official): “While out in Spain, we’re looking forward to welcoming Raul back to the group, giving Julen further opportunities to assess his squad and share his philosophy, tactics and mindset, going into an important period after the World Cup.”
Lopetegui said in his first press conference that he felt Jimenez was an important player for Wolves.
He will now get the chance to get a proper look at him following his exploits for Mexico at the World Cup.
Jimenez didn’t really feature all that much in Qatar, coming on as a substitute in each of their three group stage games.
His lack of match fitness meant he couldn’t really make much of an impact.
Julen Lopetegui will be pleased to finally get to work with Raul Jimenez, with striker set to fly out to Marbella
So it would seem, from this information, that Jimenez has not come back from Qatar with any setbacks which is good news.
That will have been a worry for Wolves officials, given he was racing to be fit to play at the tournament.
It is unclear when he will be joining up. But hopefully it will be as soon as possible.
It has been a first half of the season to forget for Jimenez with his fitness problems, and hopefully now this can be a turning of the page for him.
Molineux legend Steve Bull said over the weekend that Wolves need their number nine back at it, and that hopefully his experience in Qatar will have rejuvenated him somewhat.