Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Pedro Neto has branded Raul Jimenez ‘an unbelievable player’, as the striker nears his return to fitness.

The Mexican number nine is now coming up to his fourth full month on the sidelines, after his horrific clash of heads with David Luiz at Arsenal towards the end of 2020.

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After undergoing surgery on a fractured skull that night, Jimenez has been working hard to return.

He’s back in full training now, and has been wearing protective headgear.

It’s anticipated his return will come soon, with Nuno Espirito Santo having said he is confident he’ll turn out in a Wolves shirt again this season.

Wolves have undoubtedly missed the former Benfica star, and Neto has been speaking about the popular 29-year-old.

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He told the Express & Star: “Raul is an unbelievable player.

“It’s true that maybe in the beginning when he was hot, he can score a lot of goals and I miss him in the box, of course.

 

“Now we have Fabio (Silva) and Willian (Jose) who are doing a great job too.

“But, of course, I miss Raul because he’s an unbelievable player.

“When he plays he understands my game too, so it’s a player that I miss on the pitch and I hope that he comes back fast.”

Neto-Jimenez partnership exciting to think about

Given the way Neto has developed this season, it’s exciting to consider the potential partnership he could have with Jimenez once he’s back.

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It may take Jimenez some time to get back up to speed, but there’s every chance his transition could be aided by his talented teammate, who is much more refined now.

Neto has five assists this term, but could have had many more to his name having fizzed in enough crosses.

Who knows how many goals Jimenez could have had over the past few months.

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