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Report: Raul Jimenez set to return for Wolves against Chelsea

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is more likely to make his return against Chelsea in early October.

The Mexico international has missed Wanderers’ last two Premier League games against Southampton and Manchester City.

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Jimenez was actually named on the bench against the Saints. But he then dropped out at the eleventh hour to be replaced by Chem Campbell.

Jimenez was unavailable last weekend against City, and the club released an update on his situation.

A statement on the official website reads: “Raul is unavailable due to a groin/adductor issue. He is rehabilitating with the medical team, and we are expecting this to take a few weeks. He is joining up with the Mexican team for the first week of the international break, but only to continue with his rehabilitation plan.”

This adductor issue has been bothering the player since the end of pre-season.

The 31-year-old ended up missing the first two Premier League games with that, and also damage to his MCL.

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It has been a frustrating start to the 2022/23 campaign for him. Especially given the fact he looked really sharp in pre-season.

Wolves’ next game after the international break is against West Ham United. But that could come too soon for Jimenez according to the Express & Star.

Apparently, the Chelsea game on October 8 is a more likely return game for the former Benfica star at this stage.

Potentially, that could see Diego Costa lead the line against the Hammers if he can bring his fitness up to a suitable level.

Raul Jimenez fitness issues are a concern for Wolves, as report claims he could return against Chelsea

It is worrying to read that Jimenez is still having trouble with this adductor issue.

With Sasa Kalajdzic out for the foreseeable future, and Costa a big risk due to his age and lack of football of late, Jimenez being fit to play will be crucial.

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He may not be the same player following his skull fracture. But he still leads the line better than the likes of Daniel Podence and Goncalo Guedes.

Hopefully Jimenez can shake this injury off relatively quickly and return to action for Wanderers as soon as possible.