Bruno Lage hails Raul Jimenez as an “example”
Wolves boss Bruno Lage praised Raul Jimenez’s attitude and insisted he is an example of the way to live life.
The forward scored his first goal since fracturing his skull in November in Wolves’ 1-0 win at Southampton last weekend.
It was his first goal in 336 days after recovering from a life-threatening injury following a header clash with David Luiz at Arsenal.
Wolves now welcome Newcastle to Molineux in the Premier League on Saturday and Lage believes Jimenez has the perfect outlook.
He said: “The way he is as a man, he does everything calmly. This is a good example, you can be a high level player and also a high level man. He is comfortable because after what has happened he is living day by day, enjoying the moment and the goals will come.
“He now knows he needs to score more goals for us and we are here to support him, the fans are there to support us. It builds confidence.
“He’s enjoying the present moment and I think it’s the best way to live our lives like that, in the moment, and not think about what will happen in the future.”
Yerson Mosquera is out for up to five months with a hamstring injury while Pedro Neto and Jonny (both knee) are sidelined. Rayan Ait-Nouri is available after missing the victory at St Mary’s with a concussion.
Wolves have yet to win at Molineux this season and Lage would be happy if they played poorly and were victorious against the Magpies.
“If you said it would happen, I would sign it, you play badly and win. But I think the team will play better, ”he said.
“It’s not just about playing with the ball, sometimes we play well when we do but we don’t do the right things when we don’t.
“I tell my players every day, if José (Sa) gives Raul a long ball and he scores, it’s good because he saw the space behind the defenders.”