Wolverhampton Wanderers fans have been reacting to comments made by former club physio Paul Darby that Raul Jimenez might not feature before the end of the season.
The striker continues to work his way back to full fitness following the horrific skull fracture he suffered back in November.
The ace, 29, has been making great progress and is currently training with teammates.
Nuno Espirito Santo previously said that he felt confident of Jimenez’s return before the end of the season, but the player has still not started heading the ball again yet.
There are only six games to go, and it’s starting to look like it may not happen.
Speaking about the player, Darby – who worked for the club from 1986 until 1995 – said (Express & Star): “The actual fracture of the skull will be healed now. That won’t be an issue.
“It’s probably stronger than before as you have a build-up of new, strong bone around the fracture site.
“But it’s the trauma to the brain and unfortunately, you can’t play football without heading a ball.
“I would have thought Jimenez will get into pre-season, really, both for his fitness and his mental approach to everything. Having him in a controlled environment where they can ease him into games.”
On social media, fans have been reacting to what Darby has said.
As much as fans miss Jimenez, it appears many are keen not to see him back in old gold in 2020/21.
In a lot of people’s eyes at this point, it makes sense for him to continue his recovery into the summer, especially with the club set for a low-key finish to the season with nothing at stake:
I agree no point risking in meaningless games
— glover🐺 (@wwfcglover) April 21, 2021
Give him all the time he needs. He should only come back when it’s 100% safe for him to do so, and not one minute earlier.
— Dan Pressland (@SteelyCityDan) April 21, 2021
Good don’t rush him back, I have been saying he was coming back till next season, Sensible decision. 👍🏻💛🐺🖤
— Dr Nuno’s Premier League adventure extravaganza (@NormWolves1877) April 21, 2021
I’m sure Raul wants to be back soon, but no need to risk it now this season.. Get back stronger next season 😉
— Doe_No27 (@doeno27) April 21, 2021
No point rushing him back this season, safely mid table and nothing to play for really. No point taking any risks
— Martin (@martin_squires) April 21, 2021
I mean im fine him not returning till next season, well maybe just come back for the one game against the Baggies. 😂
— Chris (@cpj93070) April 21, 2021
With the back to back wins we got & safety pretty much guaranteed…….as much as I want to see our talisman back playing i think get a full pre season behind Raul & then unleash him at the start of next season. The progress he’s made is nothing short of remarkable🙏🇲🇽🐺 #wwfc
— Reggie🐺🐊 (@Reggie61823972) April 21, 2021
No need to risk Raul but would be a massive boost to see him back, whilst I respect Paul’s expertise I presume he doesn’t have access to the medical records.
— Andy Willis (@AndyWillis61) April 21, 2021