Darren Bent has admitted he fears Wolves fans will never see Raul Jimenez at his very best after his “freak” injury blow.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker has admitted it would be “massive” for the Midlands outfit if the 29-year-old can hit anywhere near the heights he was at before his layoff.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Nuno Espirito Santo insisted the Jimenez would “be back to the same player and person he was” after he underwent surgery on a fractured skull following a clash of heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz.
However, Bent is not certain the 29-year-old will be able to get back to his very best as he pointed to Petr Cech, who also suffered a fractured skull back in 2006, and claimed the shot-stopper failed to hit the heights he once had.
“I mean I hope we see him back to his best because I’m a big fan of Jimenez, he was just superb for a long time but you never know what the after-effects are of that injury,” Bent told Football Insider.
“The ones I can kind of think of are like Petr Cech – was he the same after that? You’d probably say he wasn’t.
“He was still a very, very, very good goalkeeper, but was he at the same level he was when he first got to Chelsea before he had that freak injury? Probably not.
“We hope he comes back because that’d be massive for Wolves, Wolves are gonna need him. Him being out, selling Diogo Jota – I like Podence, I think he’s good. I love Neto but I think Jimenez kind of brings it all together.
“We hope he’s back sooner rather than later and I really hope when he does come back, he’s the player that we all remember.”