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Wolves striker Raul Jimenez could be fit to face Liverpool

Wolves may be able to call on Raul Jimenez for this weekend’s clash with Liverpool.

The Mexican missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over Southampton, with the club later confirming he had suffered a groin injury in the warm-up.

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He had been due to take a place on the bench, with new signing Sasa Kalajdzic handed a start.

But Jimenez pull out at the last minute and was replaced by youngster Chem Campbell.

Wolves then lost Kalajdzic at half-time, with the new signing from Austria suffering an ACL injury.

The club said in a medical update yesterday: “Raul’s pre-season was interrupted by a knee injury which means that he is still building his resilience and his ability to recover quickly during periods of match congestion.

“It was felt that his body needed a few more days to recover after he felt a pain in his groin during the warm up and we did not want to put him at increased risk of injury.”

There was no mention from the club of a timeframe for Jimenez.

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But there is an encouraging claim from The Athletic today that Jimenez is expected to return to training this week. And he apparently could be available to face Liverpool on Saturday.

Bruno Lage and his team will have to determine whether or not he is fit enough to start at Anfield.

So far, he’s made four appearances this season. He missed the first couple of games after picking up a knee and adductor injury in pre-season.

Raul Jimenez return would be a boost but Wolves need their number nine to find form quickly

With Kalajdzic now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Jimenez’s fitness will be very important for Wolves.

It is looking like Diego Costa will be joining the club this week, but the veteran has also had a lot of muscular injuries over the last few years.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 28: Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Raul Jimenez (centre) scores his side’s second goal but is disallowed due to Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Pedro Neto earlier foul on Newcastle United’s Ryan Fraser during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at Molineux on August 28, 2022 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Horton – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Wolves really need Jimenez to stay fit and to rediscover his mojo.

It will not be easy for him. He’s seemingly still being affected by his pre-season injuries, and now Wolves begin a tough run of fixtures in the Premier League.