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Mexico’s head coach Gerardo Martino says he is confident that Raúl Jiménez’s head injury will not have long-term implications for his career.
Jiménez fractured his skull in an accidental collision with David Luiz in The clash of wolves with Arsenal on Sunday.
In fact, while Luiz was able to continue playing until halftime with a bandage on his head, Jiménez fared worse. The 29-year-old went to the hospital, where, shortly after, the club said he was “comfortable” after surgery.
More recently, however, Martino has said that he has had contact with his international striker. The coach said TUDN (via ESPN) who is optimistic about Jiménez’s recovery.
“I had contact through a video call and it was normal without any problem,” said Martino.
“I understand the secrecy of the club by not wanting to give information that is not correct, but we have been in constant contact with them and we are reviewing the evolution and we are very positive about the future.”
Crucially, Martino added that he doesn’t believe the injury could have lasting effects.
“I do not think it does [harm his career], “He said.” First of all, Raúl is a very strong person and footballer, with a good head and a very positive mentality. “
“He’s very smart, I don’t think he will [have long-term implication], at least for us to be in constant contact with the club’s doctors, Raúl and his wife.
“We know first-hand how his evolution has gone and as I said before, in a few days he will leave it behind and will seek to recover and think about returning to the pitch.”
Jiménez could leave the hospital next week
Meanwhile, Wolves launched a statement on behalf of club doctor Matt Perry on Wednesday night.
Dr. Perry revealed that Jiménez should be able to leave the hospital “early next week” after making “excellent progress.”
He added: “Any injury of this nature is complex and timelines are uncertain, but it is safe to say that Raúl’s most immediate needs are simple: space, rest and peace.”
Wolves return to action on Sunday when they travel to Anfield to face the Premier League champions Liverpool.