Wolverhampton striker Raúl Jiménez played for the first time without the protective headband he has worn since returning to the field in the summer of 2021, after suffering a skull fracture in November 2021 in a game against Arsenal.
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For Saturday's Premier League clash between Wolves and Brighton, the Mexican striker took the field without the protection he wore to protect the part of his skull that was affected after that collision with David Luiz more than a year ago.
Although Jiménez never wore a full helmet, like the one popularized by Petr Cech, who was Chelsea's goalkeeper, he did wear for months a sponge protection that covered the most affected part of his head after the contact.
In the images at Molineaux Stadium, the 'Lobo de Tepeji' came out from the opening whistle without the headband, which was a surprise for the Wolves fans, who were pleased to see the striker without the headband.
Since Jiménez reappeared in the preseason of the 2021-22 campaign with the Wolves, he began testing to see what protection worked best for him and did not detract from his on-field performance.
How long did Raul use the protection?
Jiménez wore the protection for about nine months with both his club and the Mexican national team, once he was officially called up again for the qualifying matches of the CONCACAF Octagonal.
In several interviews, Jiménez confessed that the protection gave him security, although it was uncomfortable at first, he was able to adapt to it and thus take advantage of it and take care of his physique.
Finally, Raúl Jiménez put this issue behind him and has scored six goals so far this Premier League season, although he is far from his best mark, which was 17 goals in the 2019-20 campaign.