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Raul Jimenez scores Wolves’ first goal in nine months since breaking his skull as the forward scores the goal in the preseason clash against Stoke


Raul Jimenez scored his first Wolves goal since returning from a broken skull in a preseason draw against Stoke on Saturday.

The Mexican striker has fully recovered from his frightening injury, which occurred during a Premier League game with Arsenal last November.

Wolves suffered without Jimenez as they finished 13th last season
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Jimenez was laid on a stretcher and rushed to hospital for surgery after colliding David Luiz’s head in the UAE.

And after a lengthy layoff, the 30-year-old returned to the first team during Wolves’ preseason schedule.

And the forward, who now wears a protective helmet during games, scored his first goal in nine months for the club in a draw with championship team Stoke City.

Nelson Semedo’s shot was parried by Stoke goalkeeper Joe Bursik and on the way to Jimenez, who came in at close range to cancel Danny Batth’s opener.

The goal – which was followed by a catchy rendition of his singing ‘Si Senor’ – will give Jimenez a huge boost of confidence ahead of Wolves’ 2021/22 Premier League season, which kicks off against Leicester on August 14.

Raul Jimenez scores Wolves’ first goal in nine months since breaking his skull as the forward scores the goal in the preseason clash against Stoke
Jimenez was not wrong at close range
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Raul Jimenez scores Wolves’ first goal in nine months since breaking his skull as the forward scores the goal in the preseason clash against Stoke
Jimenez looked skyward after scoring for Wolves
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As a precaution after his horror injury last year, the former Benfica talisman will wear a protective helmet for the rest of his career.

Earlier this year, Jimenez revealed that he has no recollection of suffering this frightening injury and that he needs to be fed in bed by his girlfriend Daniela Basso.

Speaking to EstiloDF, he said: “It was a difficult and complicated time, you never want to go through that kind of thing.

“I think it was the hardest thing for her because the game was in London, we’re two hours away, she’s watching from home.

“I don’t even remember the moment, I just remember waking up in the hospital after the operation.

“But it’s hard to come home and not be able to do a lot, walking slowly it’s hard, but she was always there to support me, I had to have breakfast in bed.”

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