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Raul Jimenez has thanked fans for their messages of support after fracturing his skull in Wolves’ 2-1 victory over Arsenal and says he hopes to make a speedy recovery in order to ‘return to the pitch soon’.
The 29-year-old Mexico striker had to undergo surgery after a sickening clash of heads with David Luiz at the Emirates on Sunday evening. The Premier League match was put on hold for around ten minutes as Jimenez was given oxygen and received treatment on the pitch before being rushed to hospital.
Wolves confirmed that Jimenez had on operation just hours after suffering the injury and the attacker was said to be ‘comfortable’ and ‘resting’ as he was kept under close observation.
Speaking out for the first time since his injury, the forward tweeted on Monday night: ‘Thanks for you support messages. ‘I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon.’
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Jurgen Klopp called for concussion substitutes to be introduced after Arsenal defender Luiz was allowed to play on and even drive home following the head collision.
‘I know we have concussion protocols and I’m pretty sure Arsenal did that,’ the Liverpool head coach said.
‘I’m not sure any rule would help in that moment because the player can play on. ‘But, yes, it makes sense that we can do things like this, of course.’
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta defended his decision not to replace Luiz at the time and insisted the Brazilian was ‘okay’ to carry on. He told BBC Sport: ‘I was shocked because I saw the reaction of the players. They were asking the doctors. We knew David Luiz was okay, it was just a cut. Raul Jimenez looked pretty bad. ‘The doctor did all the tests and protocols to make sure the player [Luiz] was safe to continue.
‘David was just worried about his cut, he never lost consciousness. ‘He couldn’t really head the ball, he was uncomfortable – nothing else – so we took him off.’