Wolves frontman Raul Jimenez showed his class by applauding the Arsenal fans as they booed him off the pitch at the Emirates Stadium after his side’s agonising 2-1 Premier League defeat. The Mexican was making an emotional return to the ground that evokes bad memories after last season’s horrific clash of heads that left him fearing for his life.
Jimenez, who did not train with Wolves for six months following the incident, was told by doctors that it was “a miracle” he survived.
The striker was left stricken on the turf following the aerial challenge with David Luiz and he received oxygen on the pitch before being taken to hospital.
But thankfully, Jimenez is now back to doing what he loves and does best – scoring goals.
While that was not the case last night, the centre-forward still played his part in a generally sturdy performance from Wolves, who were on course for victory until Nicolas Pepe’s 81st-minute equaliser.
“Straight away you see the reaction, the anxiety that suddenly is in the team doctors and everybody involved trying to assess what was happening, it was frightening,” he said.
“Thank god it ended the right way, but it looked really, really bad.”
Wolves defender Max Kilman recently praised the determination and resilience of his team-mate during his road to recovery.
“It definitely took some time to process,” Kilman told The Mail. “It was a very traumatising experience. Some of the players were really close to it when it happened and it was very tough.
“We had to finish the game and afterwards we just wanted to know Raul was OK. Luckily we got a message from him after the game to say he had woken up. It is difficult but you just have to keep going. It has been a long process but we are so happy he is healthy and he can do what he is good at.”
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