Sport Wolves striker Jimenez conscious in hospital after head injury

01:50  30 november  2020
01:50  30 november  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Wolves striker Raul Jimenez has been taken to hospital after sustaining a head injury during their trip to Arsenal on Sunday. Jimenez appeared to be knocked unconscious less than five minutes into the game after clashing heads with David Luiz. Both players received medical attention on the pitch

Raul Jimenez prayed for Kenan Bajric after heading home a winner for WolvesCredit: Getty Images But his first thoughts afterwards were for Bajric and the worried Wolves striker told BT Sport He was unconscious. It is a head injury . He is conscious but we don’t have more information at the moment.

Raul Jimenez was "awake and breathing" in hospital following the sickening head injury the Wolves striker suffered during Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal.

a group of football players on a field: David Luiz and Raul Jimenez clashed heads heavily at Emirates Stadium © Getty Images David Luiz and Raul Jimenez clashed heads heavily at Emirates Stadium

Jimenez collided heavily with Arsenal centre-back David Luiz when defending a fifth-minute corner at Emirates Stadium and left the field on a stretcher after receiving oxygen and lengthy medical attention.

As their team-mate was transported to hospital, where he is conscious and has undergone a scan, Wolves outplayed their hosts, with goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence either side of Gabriel's equaliser good enough to claim the points and lift them to sixth in the table.

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"When it happened, you knew straight away," captain Conor Coady told Sky Sports when asked about the severity of the incident, after which David Luiz played on but was substituted at half-time.

"I hope David Luiz is okay too, it was a horrible clash of heads. You don’t like to see it in football.

"It was a tough thing that happened. We just hope and pray that everything's okay.

"I was just behind him, so I jumped with him as well and you heard it. As they dropped… he was on his side, it was important we kept him on his side.

"It's something you never want to see with one of your team-mates or anyone in the Premier League.

"He's the one thing that matters today. We got a fantastic result but all that matters is making sure Raul and David Luiz are okay."

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After the match, updates over Jimenez's condition were the first thing Coady and his colleagues asked about.

"He's in the hospital and by all accounts he's awake and breathing. I don’t know too much," the England defender said.

"It's important now we get Raul sorted because it was a massive collision."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo explained that concern will remain until the extent of the injuries suffered by Jimenez are known.

"He's doing a scan now. He's conscious. He's okay inside the gravity of the problem, of course," said the Wolves manager.

"It is serious. It was a bad moment for everybody, both teams, both players. We wish everything to be okay. Now we are worried, of course.

"You see the panic in their eyes [the medical staff] and you think the very worst. We are worried.

"He speaks, he is aware and now he is doing a proper assessment. He is in good hands."

In the circumstance, Nuno was delighted by the performance of his team as Neto, Podence and Adama Traore all dazzled in a superb attacking display.

"Amazing, amazing. I'm very proud today. This team showed heart. A will, a belief, the way they ran and worked was really good to see," he said.

"Today was a reflection of how much these players believe in themselves and how much they grow as a unit."

Despite experiencing a result that leaves his side languishing 14th in the table, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's first thoughts were also with the stricken Jimenez.

"Obviously we are worried about Jimenez because it looked really nasty. When you see the concern of the players you know something bad is happening," Arteta said.

"We would like to send our love to him and his family and hopefully it is not as bad as it looks."

Nuno admits 'too soon' to know when Jimenez will be back .
Wolves have not yet put a time frame on the return of Raul Jimenez following a serious head injury, says Nuno Espirito Santo.Jimenez suffered a sickening injury in the fifth minute of Wolves' 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium last Sunday.

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