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Wolves’ Raul Jimenez joins Mexico squad ahead of Wales clash

Raul Jimenez

 

Wolves star Raul Jimenez was involved in training with Mexico this afternoon, ahead of the country’s upcoming meeting with Wales.

Concerning scenes

Hitman Jimenez was of course at the heart of one of the more harrowing 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.

Raul Jimenez

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 07: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers wears a mask as he celebrates scoring his team’s second goal during the FA Cup Semi Final match between Watford and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on April 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Mexico link up

Thankfully, the subsequent news to have emerged over the months since Jimenez’s accident have, all told, proven of a hugely positive nature.

Speaking earlier this month, for example, Nuno Espirito Santo confirmed that the former Benfica man had begun to participate in the basic elements of Wolves’ training sessions:

‘Very positive for Jimenez. Starting to integrate in some parts of the training sessions. He is avoiding contact but soon he will integrate 100% hopefully. No time-frame. All based on his progression and protocols.’

And, as outlined above, on Thursday, the encouraging updates have continued to flow.

This comes with Jimenez having linked up with Mexico’s national squad, for their latest training camp.

El Tri are set to return to action on Saturday, in a friendly meeting with Wales.

And though Jimenez will play no part in the Cardiff clash, he was afforded the opportunity to take part in some of the country’s non-contact training exercises on Thursday.

 

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This article was edited by Robert Fosterman.

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