New Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui is ‘worried’ about Raul Jimenez’s current injury situation, as relayed by reliable journalist Liam Keen.
The Lowdown: Jimenez’s fitness woes
The Old Gold have played their final match before the World Cup, with Lopetegui officially taking charge on Monday and now getting to know his squad.
One player who won’t be around over the next six weeks is Jimenez, who is part of Mexico’s squad in Qatar, despite his injury woes for Wolves this season. The 31-year-old has only started two matches in the Premier League in 2022/23, with fitness problems consistently holding him back of late.
The Latest: Lopetegui concerned about Jimenez
Taking to Twitter, Keen relayed a press conference update from Lopetegui that the Wolves manager is concerned about Jimenez, having spoken to the Mexico striker to voice those worries, adding that the 31-year-old shouldn’t be risked during the World Cup.
“Lopetegui also says he has spoken to Raul Jimenez and says he is worried about his injury situation. Says Wolves is more important than the World Cup and he wants the striker back fit for the club.”
The Verdict: Final season at Wolves?
It is essential that Mexico don’t take risks with Jimenez in the coming weeks, only playing him if they feel he is fully fit.
If not, it could have a long-term impact on his career, given the serious injuries he has suffered over the last couple of years.
The post-World Cup period feels like a crucial one for the striker at Wolves – if he returns and can’t rid himself of his injury problems, Lopetegui could feel he isn’t worth persevering with into the future.
In truth, Jimenez has never quite been the same player since fracturing his skull almost two years ago, which is quite understandable given its severity, and with his current deal expiring in 2024, vital decisions may need to be made next summer.
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