Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that striker Raul Jimenez has suffered a broken skull after his collision of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz on Sunday night.
The Mexican international went down inside the box when challenging a corner with the Arsenal defender and was soon rushed to a London hospital after leaving the field on a stretcher and receiving oxygen.
Luiz was able to carry on playing after the incident despite his head being bandaged with clear signs of bleeding, however he was then substituted at half-time in what seemed to be related to the blow he suffered to the head.
Wolves released a statement on Monday morning where they claimed the 29-year-old was ‘comfortable’ in hospital after an operation, and that he will remain under observation for a few days as he begins his recovery.
The official statement read:
“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.
“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.”
Questions have been once again been raised over the concussion protocols and the safety of players after the incident in which Jimenez and Luiz were both receiving treatment for 10 minutes, with many people claiming that Luiz shouldn’t have been allowed to carry on.
Wolves won the game 2-1 sending them to sixth in the league table, however the injury to Jimenez deals them a big blow in their challenge for the European spots.
The Mexican striker is their prized-possession in attack – 17 league goals last season, as well as being their top scorer so far this campaign.