Wolves Won’t Have Striker Raul Jimenez to Start the Season

Raul Jimenez is battling two injuries heading into the season, an MCL sprain and an adductor (groin) strain. He was hurt during a pre-season friendly against Besiktas over the weekend.

The MCL (medial collateral ligament) is one of four knee ligaments and runs along the inside of the knee. It is important for stability, especially on lateral movements. This ligament heals well on its own, but it does take time.

“Neither injury is very serious but he is expected to be out for a number of weeks,” said Dr. Rob Chakraverty, Wolves’ head of performance and medicine.

The Inside Injuries algorithm has calculated a grade 1 adductor strain, indicating it is minor. That comes with a two week Optimal Recovery Time. The MCL sprain is a grade 2, so it’s a bit more serious. The ORT is 4-5 weeks. It’s a more challenging injury to return from as a soccer player because of all of the side-to-side movements that take place throughout a match.

In 2020 Raul Jimenez suffered a scary skull fracture that could have ended his career. And it threatened his life. As Jimenez was defending against a corner, he was struck in the side of the head by an attacker’s head. He was knocked unconscious and later underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. The fact that he was able to return is incredible. His latest injuries are nothing compared to what he has already overcome.


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