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Wolves confirm Jimenez operation after Arsenal game

30 Nov 2020, 21:44 GMT+10

LONDON, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that Mexican striker Raul Jimenez has had an operation on a fractured skull that he suffered in Sunday night's 2-1 Premier League win away to Arsenal.

Jimenez suffered the injury just five minutes after kickoff in a clash of heads with Arsenal's David Luiz and the game was stopped for 10 minutes as he received on-field treatment, including oxygen, before being taken to hospital.

In a statement issued on Monday, Wolves confirmed 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."

"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 and asks that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course."

Arsenal defender Luiz carried on in the game, despite having to wear a heavy bandage, but was replaced at halftime and the decision to allow him to play on has been criticized by groups that have recently looked to draw attention to the danger caused by head injuries in football.

Brain injury charity 'Headway' on Monday also released a statement to show their "anger and disappointment at football's continued failings to protect its players from concussion, with the charity's deputy chief executive saying "too often in football, we see players returning to the pitch having undergone a concussion assessment - only to be withdrawn a few minutes later when it is clear that they are not fit to continue."

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