By Ben Dinnery

24th Nov, 2022 | 2:13pm

Insider: 'Question marks' raised at Wolves after 'big' Raul Jimenez injury twist

There are “question marks” as to whether Raul Jimenez’s involvement for Mexico at the World Cup will benefit Wolves.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider

Jimenez has not featured for Wolves since their 0-0 draw with Bournemouth at the end of August but played the final 20 minutes of Mexico’s 0-0 draw with Poland at the World Cup on Tuesday (22 November).

As quoted by the Daily Mail earlier this month (14 November), Julen Lopetegui admitted he was “worried” about the 31-year-old and wanted him to put club before country.

“It’s a fairly difficult situation,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“He didn’t have the ideal preparation in the lead-up to the tournament. This ongoing groin issue has hampered him severely.

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“Any opportunity to get some competitive minutes under his belt will obviously benefit the player and Wolves, as long as he can come through that unscathed.

“The big question will be, how many minutes will he actually be afforded?

That’s where you are going to have that conflict of interest because Wolves, for their own selfish aspirations, will want a player who can come in the second half of the season and deliver performances that he did pre-injury.

“We know that pressure is mounting because of their inability to find the back of the net.

“Ideally, Wolves would see this as an opportunity for a mini pre-season, to get some really good work on the training pitch before the Premier League resumes.

“Whilst he’s away on international duty, you’re not able to replicate that intensity in terms of training. They will want him to be playing.

“It all depends how Mexico progress at this tournament. If they were to go out at the group stages, that gives Jimenez a really big opportunity to return to Wolves and get a good chunk of that pre-season work in his legs before the season restarts.

“The deeper they go the less time that he’ll have back with Wolves.

“There are question marks in regards to that one. It could go either way.

“The ideal situation is Jimenez getting some good competitive minutes and then maybe going out in the second round or quarter-finals and getting a good few weeks of work back at Wolves before the Premier League starts again.”

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