Raul Jimenez speaks for the first time since undergoing surgery on a fractured skull following sickening head clash with David Luiz and targets ‘a return to the pitch soon’
- Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support
- He underwent surgery after fracturing his skull in a head clash with David Luiz
- Jimenez has revealed that he will be under observation following his surgery
- The 29-year-old Mexican also stated that he hopes to return to the pitch soon
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has taken to Twitter to thank fans for their support after he underwent surgery on a fractured skull.
The Mexican has spoken for the first time since undergoing the operation in the early hours of Monday after clashing heads with David Luiz during their Premier League fixture on Sunday.
Jimenez revealed that he is currently under observation, but that hopes to return to the pitch soon.
Raul Jimenez clashed heads with David Luiz less than five minutes into the game at Arsenal
His statement on social media read: Thanks for your support messages. I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon’.
Wolves also released an update on Jimenez’s condition, saying: ‘Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital.
‘He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.
‘The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.
‘The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course.’
He was forced to undergo surgery on a fractured skull but says he hopes to return soon
The collision took place when Luiz (above) was attacking an Arsenal corner at the near post
Head injuries can have detrimental affects on a players career. Ryan Mason was forced to retire in February 2018 after fracturing his skull while playing for Hull against Chelsea in January 2017.
However, former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech resumed his career a little more than two months after sustaining a fractured skull in a game against Reading in October 2006.
Wales forward Kieffer Moore was out of the game for a similar period but is now playing regularly again, while Corry Evans, Don Goodman and Iain Hume were all able to continue with their careers after longer spells on the sidelines.
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