Jiminez out of danger after clash with Luiz

Dec, 1st 2020 – Wolves say striker Raul Jimenez is “comfortable” after undergoing an operation on a fractured skull suffered in their win over Arsenal on Sunday.

Jimenez was stretchered off following a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz and was given oxygen after the accidental coming together.

In a statement, Wolves said that, “Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital. He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.”

It added that, “The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help. The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course.”

Wolves captain Conor Coady said that everyone’s thought was with Jimenez and Luiz after the incident. He added that both sides were shaken by the collision.

Speaking after the game, he said, “This happens in football but you don’t like to see it and I think both sets of teams went out and then played properly. It was a tough thing that happened. He is with the right people and that’s the most important thing but we just hope and pray that everything is OK because he is the one we are thinking about right now. I was at the front just behind him, so I jumped with them as well and you hear it and, as they dropped, he was on his side. It’s something we never want to see.”

Luiz, despite the head injury, was allowed to continue with a bandaged head after receiving seven stitches in a three inch wound. He was however withdrawn at half time with Rob Holding as his replacement.

Brain injury association charity Headway released a statement expressing its anger and disappointment towards football’s continued failings to protect its players from concussion.

Speaking to Sky sports News, Deputy chief executive at Headway Luke Griggs said, “When you have such serious impacts such as that, it’s hard not to suspect a concussion may have occurred. The protocols say, if a concussion is suspected then the player should be removed from the field of play. The medical teams I’m sure did things in the best interest of the player but you’ve really got to question whether these concussion protocols are fit for purpose.”

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