Nuno quizzed over Raul Jimenez playing for Wolves again after doctor chat

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is cautiously optimistic that star striker Raul Jimenez will play again.

The Mexican international is recovering from surgery after fracturing his skull in a horror clash of heads with Arsenal 's David Luiz six days ago

Nuno said the 29-year-old will be home soon but underlined the seriousness of the situation his top scorer finds himself in.

Asked if he thought the striker would return, Nuno said: “It’s not the moment. Now our real concern is that he recovers totally. After that we will have time.

“Now if you ask me personally, put aside my wish and my desire, I want him back and I am positive he’s going to come back . . . he’s going to come back.

“In these situations, it has to do a lot with the evolution of the player, how he feels, but now I’m positive because the first days are so important.”

He added: “This is what the doctor insists to me – the first days are crucial. He was really well taken care of on the pitch and during the journey in the ambulance.

“There was not even a moment when he was not being given oxygen so this is what determines the next steps to take. Now he is recovering, he is going back home, and after that we will see.

“What the medical team did was amazing – both teams, Arsenal’s and ours. This is why we trust them and we thank them so much.

Recalling the incident, Nuno added: “Everybody was afraid. Everything goes through your mind. When you see someone you really love and appreciate in a tough situation, you are worried.

“First of all because we all love Raul and he means so much to us. It's like it's happening to someone in the family.

“He is recovering and we have positive news. He is recovering well. It's positive but we know it's a serious situation.

“Soon he will be back home. What Raul needs is the company and love of his family. He needs to deal with this situation with his loved ones.”

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Nuno said that after the shock of Jiminez's injury, the team had been pulling together to prepare for tomorrow's (SUN) trip to Liverpool and a reunion with Dioga Jota following his £45m move to Anfield.

Nuno added: “I will give him a hug. We are very proud and happy that he's doing so well there.

“He's a fantastic player and a fantastic boy. We shared so many things that will never be forgotten.

“We know his characteristics and what he can do but he's also in a fantastic team. We're going to face not just Diogo but one of the best teams around – and we're ready for it.”

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