By Ben Dinnery

5th Aug, 2022 | 7:30am

Medical insider names Raul Jimenez return date after Wolves ligament damage 'double blow'

Raul Jimenez will be out of action for Wolves for up to six weeks as he recovers from a “double blow” injury.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.

Jimenez, 31, was taken off 10 minutes before the break in Wolves 3-0 pre-season win over Besiktas on 23 June.

As relayed by BBC Sport last Wednesday (27 June), the Mexican centre-forward has suffered both MCL and adductor issues.

Wolves’ head of performance and medicine Dr Rob Chakraverty claimed that Jimenez will be out for “a number of weeks”.

Dinnery suggests that Jimenez may be in line for a return at some point in September.

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“Sometimes, having a double blow like this can actually help rather than hinder,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“Players can become a little overconfident in some instances, but when you are trying to manage two separate injuries, you maybe know you have to ease back.

“You know there are certain movements you can’t make and players therefore tread the road to recovery a lot more carefully.

“The MCL issue is the more serious of the two, although neither is particularly bad. MCLs respond really well to conservative treatment, meaning no surgery.

“There is a really good blood supply and we would expect a fairly hasty recovery. Realistically, we are looking at around a four to six-week timeline.”

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