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Raul Jimenez to be excused from Wolves’ pre-season tour of China to rest

Raul Jimenez will be excused from attending Wolves’ pre-season tour of China and may miss the club’s Europa League debut in order to rest.

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The Mexico striker helped his country to Gold Cup glory on Monday, having scored five goals in the tournament, and he has now been granted two weeks off by Nuno Espirito Santo.

Jimenez, voted the club’s player of the year last season, is due back on July 22 – therefore missing Asia Cup games against Newcastle and West Ham or Manchester City. 

He would then be a doubt for Wolves’ return to European competition, against either Crusaders or B36 Torshavn at Molineux on July 25, although the issue is complicated as Wolves do not have any other strikers at present as they await their first summer signing.

Nuno said he would assess the fitness of Jimenez, who started 36 league games Wolves last season after making only 20 in three years at Benfica.

‘For Raul, you look at him and you see last season he had a different season to the previous three he had before,’ said Nuno.

‘We have to realise what we’re going to do. It would be a big mistake, in our opinion, to force him and not give him enough time, not to completely recover, but to rest.’

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