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Tata Martino comments on Raul Jimenez's injury struggles

Mexico manager Tata Martino has revealed his surprise at the serious nature of Raul Jimenez’s current injury.

The 31-year-old has endured a frustrating start to the 2022/23 season so far, and has missed a handful of games.

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He came into the 2022/23 with knee and adductor injuries. And Jimenez has been struggling with chronic fatigue.

The former Benfica star has actually joined up with the Mexico squad this international break, but he won’t be featuring in their games against Peru and Colombia.

He will be continuing to work his way back to fitness.

Jimenez’s injury problems have been a frustration, and his current issue does appear to be fairly serious given comments made by Martino.

He has actually cast slight doubt on Jimenez appearing at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

He said (via Marca): “I would like to think not, that there is very much time for him to recover and play with Wolves. I have high expectations, and I look at him the same way as I did 20-30 days ago.

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“I never thought we would reach this situation. I didn’t think that the thing was so serious, but we need to pay attention to it.

“As the days go by and the World Cup approaches, we have to be attentive. We are giving him everything we can to recover.”

Worrying comments from Tata Martino on Raul Jimenez

These comments from Martino are interesting and slightly concerning.

That he would ‘like to think’ Jimenez will be available for the World Cup is not particularly encouraging.

Clearly he is quite fragile at the moment, which is not good.

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It could be that Wolves will perhaps have to turn to Diego Costa more than they expected.

It was reported recently that Jimenez is expected to return for the Chelsea game in a couple of weeks. Hopefully by then he is feeling much better.