Wolves striker Raul Jimenez says he “seems like a participant once more” after making his Premier League return 9 months after fracturing his cranium.
The 30-year-old performed the total 90 minutes in Wolves’ opening-day defeat to Leicester.
It was the primary aggressive match he has been concerned in since he sustained the traumatic injury towards Arsenal.
“I all the time thought that after my restoration I might be again to do what I like to do,” stated Jimenez.
“I by no means thought of ending my profession. There was an opportunity of that, however I used to be all the time assured I used to be going to return.”
Jamie Vardy, who scored the one aim in Saturday’s 1-0 win, and different Leicester gamers congratulated Jimenez throughout the sport for making his comeback from a career-threatening harm.
Jimenez, who had emergency surgical procedure on his fractured cranium, stated docs informed him it was a “miracle to be right here”.
“The bone had damaged and there was a bit little bit of bleeding inside my mind,” he stated. “That is why the surgical procedure needed to be fast and it was a extremely good job from the docs.”
When he performs now, Jimenez has to put on a protecting headguard which is modified to swimsuit his choice – and felt “actually snug” on the weekend.
He added: “There have been completely different headguards since I began coaching with the staff. I really feel assured. If it was as much as me I would not use it. I might play regular.
“The docs informed me it was safety to forestall one thing. On this second it might be extra harmful for me than every other participant. I do know I’ve to be in the identical line because the docs and surgeons.”
Jimenez doesn’t should keep away from heading the ball throughout coaching and he and the membership’s medical staff monitor what number of he does as a precaution.
He doesn’t keep in mind final November’s incident and solely recollects inserting his belongings within the dressing room after a stroll to have a look at the Emirates pitch. The following factor he remembers is waking up within the hospital.
That’s possibly why the Mexican has been in a position to watch the conflict of heads with David Luiz – and even requested the physios at Wolves to ship him completely different angles so he can perceive what occurred.
Jimenez stated probably the most troublesome a part of his lengthy restoration was the frustration of feeling nicely sufficient to play on the finish of final season, however being informed by the medics his cranium was not prepared for the rigours of top-flight soccer.
“It is one thing you may’t really feel since you really feel good, you are feeling ready, however then on the final second within the MRI or the scans it tells us that it wasn’t absolutely recovered,” he stated.
“That was probably the most troublesome half since you assume you might be prepared, however you are not.
“It isn’t like I injured my knee or one thing I can really feel once I stroll. I felt actually good at that second, but it surely wasn’t my time but.
“I labored on that basically nicely I believe. Even once I knew that it was troublesome, once I acquired the discover that I might not be taking part in final season till this season, I needed to wait nearly three months to play once more.
“It was only a shock within the second, however 10 minutes later I stated ‘OK, I must proceed restoration, maintain doing what I am doing to be prepared for subsequent season’. I used to be targeted on restoration.”
Wolves subsequent host Tottenham on Sunday and Jimenez will face their former manager Nuno Espirito Santo in what he says can be an emotional event.
The frontman added: “It may be good. He is been actually supportive throughout the previous months. I noticed him three weeks in the past. He informed me he was actually glad to see me play once more.”