Wolves boss Santo on Raul Jimenez’s potential return & Daniel Podence injury

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has this evening provided fitness updates on a number of his side’s stars, including Raul Jimenez.

Raul Jimenez

Harrowing scenes

Mexican hitman Jimenez was of course involved in one of the more concerning moments of the Premier League campaign thus far, late last year.

A trip to north London to face Arsenal saw the 29-year-old involved in a horrific clash of heads with David Luiz, a coming together which left Jimenez knocked out cold on the Emirates turf.

After being stretchered from the pitch and taken to hospital, it was subsequently confirmed that the Wolves star had suffered a fractured skull.

Messages of support quickly poured in, as fans and players alike came together to wish Jimenez a speedy recovery.

As such, it no doubt brought a smile to the faces of football lovers across the globe in December when, in a post across their social media platforms, Wolves revealed a photo of Jimenez at the club’s training ground, gleefully embracing manager Nuno Espirito Santo:

‘He will join us’

And, as outlined above, the Wolves boss has since provided a further insight into the progress being made by his side’s star attacker.

Ahead of the club’s FA Cup 3rd-round meeting with Crystal Palace in 24 hours’ time, Nuno Espirito Santo this evening held his final pre-match press conference.

And, during the media exchange, the Portuguese tactician went on to confirm that it is only a matter of when, rather than if, Jimenez returns to the pitch, assuring that the former Benfica man is making good progress in his recovery:

‘Without a time schedule, he’s improving, he’s doing exercises now. It’s not a question of hoping, we are sure he’s coming back. At the right moment he will join us and that is good.’

Wolves boss Santo on Raul Jimenez’s potential return & Daniel Podence injury

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates a goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United at Molineux on January 29, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Santo also went on to provide fitness updates on several other Wolves stars, including Daniel Podence and Willy Boly:

‘We’re improving with a lot of issues, but know they are coming back. Daniel [Podence] had a knock in the game against Man United, he’s out. He’s improving but is only in the gym and recovering. Marcal is more or less in the same situation.’

‘We have [Willy] Boly, he’s a little bit more ahead, hopefully he can join us soon. Jonny is progressing well. Leander [Dendoncker] joined the session and is getting back. He trained so he will join the squad and we will decide.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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