Wolves provide encouraging Raul Jimenez update after striker’s injury at Arsenal

Wolves have provided a positive update on Raul Jimenez five weeks on from the striker's horror injury at Arsenal.

Jimenez, 29, was involved in a heavy clash of heads with David Luiz in the first-half of Wolves' 2-1 win at the Emirates at the end of November.

After receiving treatment on the pitch for a number of minutes, the Mexican was taken to hospital and underwent surgery.

Jimenez returned to the training ground in December during the early stages of his recovery, while he has attended matches at Molineux.

And Wolves have now confirmed has begun "early fitness work" at the club's Compton base.

A statement on the club's official website reads: "Raul is five weeks since his surgery following a fractured skull and is doing some early fitness work, but still has a way to go, however things are going well."

The news will come as a boost to all associated with the club and especially to Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, who admitted he was "worried" about his player in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

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He told Sky Sports : “He’s doing a scan now, but he’s conscious, he’s okay, besides the gravity of the problem, of course.

“By the reaction of the team-mates, of everybody, you start hearing code red, when they say it’s red it’s because it’s serious and it is serious. It was a bad moment for everybody, both teams and both players.

“We wish him everything to be okay but now we are worried, of course.

“You see the panic in their (doctor's) eyes and you start thinking, how is he? We are worried.

“Everybody says to me now he speaks, he is aware but he’s doing a scan and now we have to have a proper assessment but he’s in good hands.”

The Midlands club return to action on Friday against fellow top-flight club Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round.

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