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Wolves striker Raul Jimenez said he gets back like a player again after making his Premier League return nine months after fracturing his skull.
The 30 years old appeared in the full 90 minutes in Wolves’ opening-day defeated Leicester, 1-0.
It was the first competitive match he has been involved in since he sustained the traumatic injury against Arsenal.
“I always thought that after my recovery I would be back to do what I love to do,” said Jimenez.
“I never thought about finishing my career. There was a chance of that, but I was always confident I was going to return.”
Jamie Vardy, who scored the only goal in Saturday’s 1-0 win, and other Leicester players congratulated Jimenez during the game for making his comeback from a career-threatening injury.
Jimenez, who had emergency surgery on his fractured skull, said doctors told him it was a “miracle to be here”.
“The bone had broken and there was a little bit of bleeding inside my brain,” he said. “That’s why the surgery had to be quick and it was a really good job from the doctors.”
When he plays now, Jimenez has to wear a protective headguard which is modified to suit his preference and felt really comfortable at the weekend.
He added, “There have been different headguards since I started training with the team. I feel confident. If it was up to me I wouldn’t use it. I would play normal.
“The doctors told me it was protection to prevent something. In this moment it could be more dangerous for me than any other player. I know I have to be in the same line as the doctors and surgeons.”