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Nuno could forbid Raul Jimenez from joining Mexico Olympics squad

Raul Jimenez

Nuno could block Olympic return

Nuno Espirito Santo has said that he may not allow Jimenez to play for his national side Mexico at the Olympics unless the striker has joined up fully with the Wolves squad first.

The Portuguese coach referenced the need for patience.

“I think he must join us, the moment it is clear he can play for Wolves then anything can happen but, first, he must play for us,” said Nuno.

“With all the respect to the national team coach, it’s our decision. I understand he is positive and wants to count on Raul for the Olympics but we have to be patient here.

Nuno could forbid Raul Jimenez from joining Mexico Olympics squad

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 06: Nuno Espirito Santo the head coach / manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates at full time during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Etihad Stadium on October 6, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – AMA/Getty Images)

“We have to make the right decisions, not afford any kind of mistake and respect the doctors. He was delighted to be there (to train with Mexico again), it made sense.

“They protected him and he’s a more positive person. All his Mexican team-mates have seen him, asked all the questions, but they saw a good Raul and each day he was better.”

The injury was exceptionally serious and it is understandable that Nuno wants the best possible outcome for all parties. However, he also will be aware of the difficulties Wolves have suffered in Jimenez’s absence and will want to ensure his return for the long-term.

Patricio to return

Wolves luck with their players suffering head injuries has not been good with goalkeeper Rui Patricio colliding with captain Conor Coady before the international break.

Nuno could forbid Raul Jimenez from joining Mexico Olympics squad

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 15: Rui Patricio of Wolverhampton Wanderers receives medical treatment as team mate Conor Coady reacts during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux on March 15, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Sam Bagnall – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

He missed the break with Portugal but Nuno has confirmed the former Sporting keeper will be available for selection.

“After the incident he had some days being assessed by the doctor. The decision was made for him not to join the national team. So, he was here, he had time to recover and now he’s fully in training sessions, he’s completely recovered and ready to go,” he said.

Whilst goals have been an issue, losing who is considered one of the league’s top keepers would only damage Wolves’ push for a strong end to a largely disappointing campaign.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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