JIMENEZ FACES OLYMPIC BAN
Wolves striker Raul Jimenez could be blocked from representing Mexico at the Olympic Games later this year if he fails to return from his skull fracture before the end of the season.
Jimenez was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Arsenal’s David Luiz back in November, a collision which left him with the serious injury.
The 29-year-old returned to training for Wolves in February, but remains unable to engage in any sessions which involve physical contact and is having to wear a protective headband throughout.
But while there is no clear return date for his club, Mexico boss Gerardo Martino revealed last week he was hopeful Jimenez would be eligible for selection for the Tokyo Games.
However, Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo does not see it the same way.
“The moment it is clear he can play for Wolves then anything can happen but, first, he must play for us,” he said.
“With all the respect to his national team coach it’s our decision.
“I understand he is positive and wants to count on Raul for the Olympics but we have to be patient here.
“We have to make the right decisions, not make any kind of mistake and respect the doctors.”