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Wolves legend Steve Bull laments loss of Raul Jimenez to injury

Wolves legend Steve Bull has expressed his dismay over Raul Jimenez’s injury blow.

Wanderers face heading to the new season without a natural centre-forward following the Mexican’s recent setback.

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He had to come off in the first-half of the pre-season game against Besiktas, and he is set to miss several weeks after sustaining MCL damage.

Before that, Wanderers took the decision to loan out Fabio Silva to Anderlecht.

Bruno Lage does technically still have Leo Bonatini and Patrick Cutrone to call on, but neither are thought to be in his plans.

The most likely scenario on Saturday is that one of Daniel Podence or Hwang Hee-chan plays through the middle.

The loss of Jimenez is a huge blow for Wolves, and Bull has urged the club to get busy in the transfer market.

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He wrote in his latest Express & Star column: “He’s an absolutely brilliant striker who is a great asset to the club and we’ll miss him for the crucial start to the season.

“You can lose a season at the start just as much as you can at the end. If you have a good start it will kick you on, so losing your main striker for that is a massive blow.

“The club have to start searching and find someone to replace him.

“I am personally a bit concerned. If we have any more injuries we will be scraping the barrel and we don’t need to do that.”

Wolves must act immediately to sign a striker after Raul Jimenez injury blow

Wanderers’ season gets underway on Saturday against Leeds and Lage needs a recognised centre-forward signed in time for the contest.

Journalist Liam Keen has reported the club won’t be rushed as they seek to identify the right replacement.

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But the club should have done that by now. It should have been done even before Silva went out on loan.

Lage may have faith in his wide forwards to do a job. But there will be outrage if Wolves lose their opener after the team have shown very little attacking threat in the final third in Jimenez’s absence.