Jimenez vows to kick on after first Wolves goal since his head injury
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Jimenez vows to kick on after first Wolves goal since his head injury

Raul Jimenez is aiming to get back to his prolific best after scoring his first Premier League goal in 11 months after returning from a horrific head injury.

With a magnificent solo performance in Sunday's 1-0 victory over Southampton, Mexico international Jimenez earned Wanderers' second top-flight victory of the season.

Following a career-threatening fractured skull suffered at Arsenal last November, the 30-year-old just returned to duty at the start of the season.

“Of course I have been looking for this goal since the start of the Premier League and now I feel really good – it feels fantastic to be back on the scoresheet,” he told Wolves TV.

“It means a lot; a lot of hard work during these nine months. I have to keep working like this, I have to be focused on what I want.

“I wanted this and I wanted to finish the puzzle. Now I am going to keep working to continue with this, keep scoring and helping the team to have more points.”

In his first two seasons at Molineux, Jimenez scored 44 goals in all competitions, and he had four goals last season until a horrific collision with David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium, which has forced him to wear protective headgear.

By bamboozling Southampton center-backs Jan Bednarek and Mohammed Salisu before calmly slotting past Alex McCarthy, the former Benfica striker broke a 336-day wait for a club goal dating back to a 1-1 draw against Newcastle on October 25, 2020.

At St Mary's, he had a second-half moment of magic in front of a full away end, and he was anxious to thank Wolves fans for their support during his forced absence.

“Since the first minute the accident happened, they were there,” he said of the supporters.

“I received a lot of support from them and it doesn’t matter if we lose or we win, they’re going to be with us in every moment – that’s what the Wolves family is.

“We’re working hard together in the pitch and they are feeling happy with us.”

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