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Bruno Lage makes encouraging suggestion as Raul Jimenez sports new headgear against Burnley

Bruno Lage believes Raul Jimenez is now more comfortable, after he appeared with new headgear against Burnley.

The striker has had to wear protection since coming back from his skull fracture at the start of this season.

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Previously, Jimenez – who has recently been linked with Bayern Munich – has sported a larger headgear.

But against Burnley on Sunday, the 30-year-old could be seen wearing headgear that was much smaller than usual.

It had a patch on the side, and Bruno Lage said (via Shropshire Star): “Every time the science is improving and he has to adapt.

“The other one (headband) is lighter and better for him.

“What we want is to put everyone fit and ready to score goals, so the club is doing everything in their hands to help everybody to be better every day.

“I think so, yes (he’s more comfortable).”

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Previously, Jimenez has sometimes cut a frustrated figure, especially when missing headed chances.

Back in September, the Mexican expressed his frustration in the game with Brentford, and actually took his headgear off and played the final minutes without it.

It has clearly not sat well with him previously.

It is very understandable. Prior to his injury, one of Jimenez’s strongest attributes had been his heading ability.

Sadly, he’s only been able to score six goals so far this term and not one of those has been a header.

New headgear will hopefully serve Raul Jimenez better

It is interesting to see the modifications that have been made to Jimenez’s headgear as the season has worn on.

He clearly hasn’t been comfortable, otherwise staff would not be making the changes.

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Hopefully, this latest version will serve him better.

Lage has suggested he does feel more comfortable with the lighter and smaller band.

In an ideal world, he’ll forget that he’s wearing it and be able to play his normal game again.