Wolves comment: Our wishes, and those of all football, are with Raul Jimenez now

The thoughts of everyone of a Wolves persuasion, and beyond, are with Raul Jimenez after fracturing his skull at Arsenal.

Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers (AMA)
Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers (AMA)

Let’s hope that the Mexican, who has had an operation and is remaining under observation for now, can make a full and as swift a recovery as possible.

Hearing news of such an injury, naturally, gets the alarm bells ringing, but this is not a time to speculate how long the 29-year-old could be out for or whether the club will have to go into the market for a replacement.

Most importantly, it is about wishing Jimenez – not only a brilliant footballer, but by all accounts a fantastic human being who not long ago became a father – all the very best moving forward.

The sheer outpouring of support on social media has been extremely heartening, too.

Wolves fans, of course, have sent hundreds if not thousands of get-well messages to the centre forward, who truly is one of the best around.

Fellow professionals have shown their support as well.

Upon hearing Jimenez was in a comfortable state after his operation on Sunday night, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling tweeted: “Good to read that. Wishing you a speedy recovery bro the game needs you.”

Villa skipper Jack Grealish said: “Positive news, my thoughts are with you Raul.”

Wolves team-mate Rui Patricio also posted on social media: “Get better Raul Jimenez. We are together.”

And Nuno Espirito Santo’s side deserve immense credit for the togetherness they showed at the Emirates following the early injury.

Having been at the game, you could not help but be disturbed by Jimenez and David Luiz’s clash of heads.

Jimenez and David Luiz receive treatment after the clash of heads (AMA)

The audible thud was followed up by several minutes of treatment from medics – who did a fantastic job, by the way – before the Wolves man was stretchered off, and it was difficult viewing.

Given the circumstances, Nuno’s pack could have been forgiven for losing focus in the game, but they put in such a classy and courageous performance to run out 2-1 winners. They certainly did Jimenez proud.

Wolves’ medical team also deserve praise for dealing with the situation quickly and effectively.

The fact that Gunners man Luiz carried on before eventually being taken off at the start of the second half has understandably come under scrutiny, with brain injury association Headway stressing the urgent need for temporary concussion substitutes.

Former Tottenham and Hull midfielder Ryan Mason, who had to retire after a serious head injury, has called for the ‘dangerous’ concussion protocols to be radically improved, too.

Wolves, though, it must be said, with the help of superb NHS Paramedics and hospital staff and surgeons, could not have done any more.

As soon as the players signalled, they raced onto the pitch and got Jimenez in the recovery position before moving him onto the stretcher, hooking him up to oxygen and going to hospital via an ambulance.

Ultimately, they got him to the right place as soon as they could to get scanned and undergo the procedure he needed.

Now, as Wolves asked for in their statement confirming the extent of the injury, it is about making sure Jimenez and his family are given space and privacy before more updates on his condition arrive.

He will undoubtedly be given all the support he needs by the club, while the players will look to carry on putting in positive displays over the coming weeks.

The way they went about their business against the Gunners – it is definitely worth repeating – was nothing short of remarkable, with Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence scoring in the new four-at-the-back formation.

Both character and ability were shown in spades.

Again, the thoughts of all of us at the Express & Star are with Jimenez and his loved ones.

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