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Raul Jimenez to return to Wolves after going to Mexico

Wolves are set to welcome back Raul Jimenez to Compton Park this week following the injured striker’s spell in Mexico.

Jimenez has been with national team staff while building up his fitness.

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The 31-year-old has not played for Wolves since the end of August, and has been struggling with pubalgia.

Wolves recently permitted him to return to his homeland to work with their doctors. Apparently, someone from Wolves has also been out there with him, as well as doctors from LA.

According to the Express & Star, Jimenez is flying back to England on Friday to begin the next stage of his rehabilitation.

The reason Jimenez was allowed to return home was so that he could be in a ‘comfortable setting’ around his family.

He is fighting to be fit for the World Cup. But the Express & Star have reported his focus is also on returning to action for Wolves as soon as possible.

Of course at the moment, Wanderers are in a world of trouble.

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The team is devoid of confidence, cannot win games and cannot score goals.

Prior to his latest setback, £30 million star Jimenez had not scored in the Premier League since March. Ever since he suffered his skull fracture, he has really struggled to return to his high levels of a couple of years ago.

Raul Jimenez’s return to Compton is good news for Wolves, but situation has been odd

It is good that Jimenez is heading back to Compton Park.

The situation with him in recent weeks has felt kind of strange.

Obviously, the club knows what’s best for him right now. But from the outside looking in, it has felt a bit odd for Jimenez to have gone to be with national team staff.

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Could he not have carried out his rehab here? Perhaps had an official from Mexico working with him here rather than the other way around?

It is certainly unusual for injured players to be permitted to leave their club temporarily to go and do rehab with national team doctors.