Raúl Jiménez could return in friendly against Crewe Alexandra

The Mexican international returned last week to full training with Wolverhampton and he could see some minutes in a friendly against League One side Crewe Alexandra.

Raúl Jiménez could return in friendly against Crewe Alexandra

Raúl Jiménez suffered a fractured skull against Arsenal last November and after months of recovery he is set to return ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season with Wolverhampton, with the Mexican international having to wear a head guard for the rest of his playing career.

Jiménez set to return this weekend

After completing a full week of training, the 30-year-old striker could see some minutes in Wolverhampton's first game of the preseason on 17 July against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. According to The Athletic, Wolves' new boss, Bruno Lage, will use him as a substitute as he looks to start getting him ready for the start of the Premier League campaign.

The Mexican international was cleared to train with the team in May, but at the time Nuno Espírito Santo was in charge of Wolverhampton and he decided it was best for Jiménez to wait until preseason to rejoin the squad. He then spent two months doing individual work-outs with Wolves' fitness coach.

Jiménez joined the Premier League side for 30 million euros in August 2019 after an initial season-long loan. The bosses at Wolverhampton were very happy with his performances and last October he signed a four-year contract extension. He has scored 48 goals in 110 appearances across all competitions.