Wolves have recalled forward Patrick Cutrone from his loan spell with Fiorentina, bolstering their attacking options while Raul Jimenez recovers from a serious head injury.

Mexico striker Jimenez sustained a fractured skull in a clash of heads with Arsenal's David Luiz during a 2-1 win at the end of November and does not appear close to a return.

Since then, 18-year-old Fabio Silva, a pre-season recruit from Porto, has filled in as Wolves' main centre-forward and looked lively, if unspectacular.

The youngster has featured seven times in the Premier League and scored once, his eight shot attempts fewer than Ruben Neves, Romain Saiss (both nine) and Pedro Neto (10).

Wolves' options in that part of the pitch are limited, making Cutrone's recall less of a surprise.

The Italian joined for a reported £16million (€17.7m) from Milan in 2019 but he scored just three times in 24 appearances across all competitions before being sent to Fiorentina on a planned 18-month loan in January last year.

However, he fared no better with the Viola, netting only four times in 30 Serie A outings and laying on just six chances for team-mates.

He will hope to take advantage of a clearer run at a first-team spot with Wolves, as Jimenez still has not been given a return date.

Premier League clubs have agreed "in principle" to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions but the number of regulation in-game changes allowed has not been increased.

Football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), on Wednesday announced planned trials for concussion substitutions were approved after "less than a year of detailed consultation with relevant stakeholders, medical concussion experts, team doctors, player representatives, coaches, competition organisers, refereeing and Laws of the Game experts".

Under the proposed protocols, players with an actual or suspected concussion will be "permanently removed from the match to protect their welfare", with the team allowed to bring on a replacement.

A Premier League statement read: "With player welfare the Premier League's priority, clubs agreed in principle to introduce additional permanent concussion substitutions following approval of the trial by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) yesterday.

"The trial is a result of the IFAB's consultation with stakeholders and recommendations from their concussion expert group to allow additional substitutions for players with actual or suspected concussion.

"The Premier League will look to implement protocols which will allow a maximum of two concussion substitutes to be used per team, with the opposition side able to use the equivalent number.

"The additional concussion substitutions may be made regardless of the number of substitutions a team have made already.

"The League will now apply for permission from the IFAB, via the FA, to take part in the trial which could be implemented as early as January 2021."

Concerns around head injuries have risen in recent weeks after some high-profile incidents in Europe's elite leagues.

In the Premier League, there was controversy when Arsenal defender David Luiz was allowed to continue only to be substituted at half-time after a clash of heads with Raul Jimenez that left the Wolves striker with a fractured skull.

IFAB also approved an extension to the law that allows competitions the option of granting up to five substitutions per team in a single game until December 31, 2021 for clubs, and until July 31, 2022 on the international stage.

While the Premier League has seemingly opted against taking up this opportunity despite pressure from some managers, it did confirm teams will be allowed to name up to nine substitutes on the bench in each game - an increase from seven.

Schalke striker Mark Uth appeared to be knocked unconscious and was taken off on a stretcher following a worrying clash of heads in Sunday's Bundesliga meeting with Augsburg.

Uth seemed to sustain a blow around his upper neck and head area as he went in for an aerial challenge with Augbsurg's Felix Uduokhai in the 10th minute.

Uth, who also collided with another player on his way down to the ground, was tended to by medical staff who swiftly rushed onto the pitch, where he received extensive treatment for around 10 minutes.

With players visibly in a state of shock – Uduokhai being close to tears – Uth also received an IV drip, which Schalke captain Omar Mascarell helped to administer.

The 29-year-old Uth was eventually lifted onto a stretcher in a neck brace, and taken off the field, with the game continuing following discussions on the sidelines – Schalke boss Manuel Baum gathering his team together for a huddle prior to the match restarting.

Schalke subsequently announced Uth was "responsive and stable", with the ex-Hoffenheim man having been taken to hospital, accompanied by the club's team doctor.

Uth's injury comes two weeks after Wolves forward Raul Jimenez sustained a serious head injury in a Premier League match with Arsenal.

Jimenez suffered a fractured skull in a collision with David Luiz, though it is expected the Mexico striker will make a full recovery.

Raul Jimenez vowed he will "soon" be back in action for Wolves as he thanked Led Zeppelin rocker Robert Plant for his support.

The Mexican forward suffered a serious head injury in the 2-1 win at Arsenal on November 29 after colliding with home defender David Luiz.

Jimenez underwent around 10 minutes of medical attention on the field before he was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for checks. 

It was discovered the 29-year-old had suffered a fracture to his skull, leading to an operation.

However, Jimenez was able to return home last weekend, and he is already looking forward to getting back to football.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has expressed caution, but fans of the club, including lifelong supporter Plant, will hope to see him back in the black and gold shirt before long.

Plant wrote on Twitter at the start of December: "COME ON RAUL.."

Responding on Friday to the Whole Lotta Love singer, Jimenez said: "Thank you, I'm gonna be back soon."

He added thumbs-up and muscle emojis to the message.

Wolves tweeted a series of four pictures on Thursday that showed Jimenez back at the club's Compton Park training ground, embracing team-mates.

Jimenez also posted pictures of himself with his family, writing: "Happy to be back home, together we will overcome any adversity."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists it is too early to know when forward Raul Jimenez will be able to play again but his progress has been "positive". 

Jimenez suffered a sickening injury in the fifth minute of Wolves' 2-1 win over Arsenal in the Premier League at Emirates Stadium last Sunday. 

The Mexico international was involved in an aerial duel with Arsenal defender David Luiz and the pair clashed heads. 

Jimenez required around 10 minutes of medical attention on the field before he was eventually carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for checks. 

It was discovered the 29-year-old had suffered a fracture to his skull, leading to an operation. 

"We have positive news. He is recovering well with his family," Nuno told a media conference on Friday ahead of the trip to Liverpool. 

"It's positive, but no doubt that it's a serious situation. He's still in observation and soon he will be back home. 

"It’s too early and it’s not the moment to even think about [Raul returning]. He must get back to his normal life and everything else. 

"It was very serious and everybody was afraid of the situation. Everybody was worried but as the days go by, with the positive news, we’ve been able to return to a normal situation. 

"We will deal with that how we should do and give Raul time to return safely to the group again."

Nuno added his name to the list of those calling for concussion substitutes to be introduced into the Premier League. 

Trials for concussion replacements are set to begin in English football next season, allowing teams a temporary replacement for a player who suffers a head injury. 

Arsenal were criticised for allowing David Luiz to play on during the match against Wolves, though the defender was substituted at half-time. 

"There should be concussion substitutes," said the Wolves head coach. "It is obvious everyone in the game supports this and I am positive this is going to happen." 

Nuno also thanked the Wolves fans for their response to Jimenez's injury, with the club inundated with messages of support. 

The club's supporters also raised £7,500 in two hours for a giant flag for the Mexican which will be displayed at Molineux. 

"I am not surprised about the reaction. Raul means a lot to this city," he added 

"All the things you can say about Raul is not enough because he is an amazing person. Everything goes through your mind when you see someone you love and appreciate in a tough situation. 

"He means so much to us. It is like when someone in the family gets ill."

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez should be able to leave hospital "by early next week" after suffering a fractured skull against Arsenal on Sunday, his club have confirmed.

Jimenez was involved in a sickening clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz in Wolves' 2-1 victory over the Gunners.

The fifth-minute incident left Jimenez requiring medical attention on the pitch for about 10 minutes before he could be safely carried away on a stretcher.

While David Luiz suffered only a cut to his head, Wolves revealed the next morning that Jimenez sustained a fractured skull and underwent surgery.

Wolves are not setting a timeframe for his rehabilitation – at least not publicly – though they confirmed on Thursday the Mexican should be home by early next week at the latest.

A statement attributed to Wolves doctor Matt Perry on the club's website read: "Following Raul's injury on Sunday, and the subsequent surgery, he has been recovering well in hospital.

"We are delighted with the reports from his specialist; he has made excellent progress. He should be ready to leave hospital by early next week.

"Once home, he will be reunited with his partner and young daughter who, because of COVID restrictions, he hasn't seen since Sunday night.

"As his doctor I am not going to disclose any more details of his injury, his surgery or provide daily accounts of his recovery.

"Any injury of this nature is complex and timescales are uncertain but it's safe to say that Raul’s most immediate needs are simple: space, rest and peace.

"Raul and his family are very thankful for the privacy they have been given, and for the overwhelming support they have felt from the football family and beyond.

"Raul is extremely grateful for all the messages of goodwill he continues to receive, which will certainly help him during his recovery."

Either way, Jimenez looks set for a lengthy spell out and that will come as a huge blow to Wolves.

Since the start of last season, Jimenez has attempted 111 shots (excluding blocks), a figure bettered by only Mohamed Salah (118) in the Premier League.

Jimenez also ranks highly with respect to shots on target (54) in that time, behind Salah (74), Jamie Vardy (58), Dominic Calvert-Lewin (56) and Marcus Rashford (55).

The Mexico international is also the league's ninth-highest goalscorer with 21 goals since 2019-20 began, while his 27 goal involvements puts him up there with the division's best – only nine others have been more influential.

Wolves are seventh in the Premier League after 10 matches but climbing even further up the table will be an uphill battle without Jimenez.

Raul Jimenez hopes he can return to action "soon" but will remain under observation for the time being after suffering a fractured skull against Arsenal on Sunday.

Wolves claimed a 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium but the occasion was soured early on by a sickening injury sustained by the Mexican.

In just the fifth minute, Jimenez contested an aerial duel with David Luiz and the pair clashed heads.

He required roughly 10 minutes of medical attention before he was eventually carried away on a stretcher and taken to hospital for checks.

It was discovered he suffered a fracture to his skull and underwent an operation that night.

Wolves released a statement on Monday confirming the procedure had taken place and that he was "comfortable" following the surgery – they were hesitant to outline a recovery period.

Jimenez has, understandably, also stopped short of setting a target as he provided a first personal update on social media.

He wrote: "Thanks for your support messages. I will be under observation and I hope to return to the pitch soon."

Mexico international Jimenez has been an integral part of Wolves' team since joining from Benfica, initially on loan, in 2018.

He has scored 34 times in 86 Premier League appearances, while he also impressed on the European stage last term with 10 in 15 Europa League outings as Wolves reached the quarter-finals.

Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson has backed calls for concussion substitutions in football following the injuries to Wolves striker Raul Jimenez and Arsenal's David Luiz.

Jimenez suffered a fractured skull after a clash of heads with David Luiz in the first half of his side's 2-1 Premier League win at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Mexico international required lengthy medical attention and oxygen before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital, where he is recovering.

David Luiz continued playing after having his head bandaged, but the defender was substituted at half-time after his cut began to bleed again.

The incident has amplified focus on the risk of lasting head trauma to footballers amid a campaign in England for the game's authorities to take greater steps to reduce the danger of later-life health problems such as dementia.

While Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted David Luiz was cleared to continue after adhering to concussion protocols, Alan Shearer, the Premier League's record goalscorer, insisted more must be done to safeguard players from serious head injury.

"Football needs to get real, it needs to wake up, it needs to get serious. Not next year, next month, now. It is not acceptable, it has been going too far too long," Shearer, who has previously presented a documentary on dementia, said on BBC's Match of the Day.

Ederson, a former team-mate of Jimenez at Benfica, told reporters on Monday: "I was very worried. I was watching the game. It was an accidental clash, head to head but very difficult.

"All the concern and all the care at the moment is very important. It is a part of the body that is very fragile and needs special attention, I agree when there is a blow to the head there should be a substitution whether the player can continue or not because you might be feeling okay because you're warmed up, but after the game you could feel the consequences.

"It is something we cannot change, it is accidental. It wasn't an intentional blow they just went to compete for the ball, but we know the risks of a head injury. I hope he recovers quickly and will be back as soon as possible."

City face Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Watford captain Troy Deeney defended Arsenal from criticism after allowing David Luiz to play on with a head injury against Wolves, while brain injury association Headway has outlined why the club's actions were worrying.

Brazilian defender David Luiz was involved in a sickening collision of heads with Raul Jimenez in the fifth minute of Arsenal's 2-1 defeat on Sunday.

Jimenez, 29, required oxygen prior to being carried off the pitch on a stretcher after medical professionals tended to him for 10 minutes.

Further highlighting the force of the clash, it was confirmed by Wolves on Monday that the Mexico international suffered a fractured skull, but the club stressed the player is "comfortable" after undergoing surgery.

Protocols in the Premier League state that anyone suspected to be suffering from concussion must be immediately taken off, yet it was not until half-time that – in Mikel Arteta's words – the "really uncomfortable" David Luiz was withdrawn, though the Spaniard insisted guidelines were followed.

In the wake of the incident, Deeney attracted widespread criticism when suggesting players should be trusted to know whether they are capable of playing on or not.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, he said: "At some point there has to be an element of trust between player and doctor. You do have all the protocols in place.

"As a player you know when something's not right. Watching David Luiz for 20 minutes afterwards, he never looked shaky on his feet, his legs weren't going from underneath him.

"They followed all the protocols in terms of he's ticked every box, then afterwards you don't see anything other than blood to suggest he's in a bad way."

Headway picked up on Arteta's assertion David Luiz did not lose consciousness, adding that is only ever prominent in 10 per cent of concussion cases.

The charity is also once again demanding the implementation of a 'concussion substitute' rule akin to that used in cricket and rugby due to the known risks and potential long-term health implications associated with such an injury.

Headway deputy chief executive officer Luke Griggs said: "Only last week we strongly criticised the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for its continued procrastination in introducing concussion substitutes into the sport.

"We have repeatedly warned about the risks to players and the importance of elite-level sport setting a good example for impressionable younger players to follow.

"Too often in football, we see players returning to the pitch having undergone a concussion assessment – only to be withdrawn a few minutes later when it is clear that they are not fit to continue.

"That is the very reason why we urgently need temporary concussion substitutes in football. You simply cannot take a risk with head injuries. They are not like muscular injuries where you can put a player back on 'to see if they can run it off'. One further blow to the head when concussed could have serious consequences.

"The question that has to be asked is, had the concussion substitutes rule been in place, would Luiz have been allowed to return to the field of play? Would that extra time in the treatment room have led to a different decision being made?

"The concussion protocol clearly states that '…anyone with a suspected concussion must be immediately removed from play', while the sport continues to promote an 'if in doubt, sit it out' approach to head injuries.

"Time and time again we are seeing this rhetoric not being borne out by actions on the pitch. Something is not right. This cannot be allowed to continue. How many warnings does football need?"

Raul Jimenez suffered a fractured skull and underwent surgery after a sickening injury in Wolves' win at Arsenal on Sunday, the club have confirmed.

Jimenez collided heavily with Arsenal centre-back David Luiz when defending a fifth-minute corner at Emirates Stadium and left the field on a stretcher after receiving oxygen and lengthy medical attention.

Wolves provided an update on Monday, confirming the nature of the injury and adding that the Mexican was "comfortable" after an operation.

"Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital," read a club statement.

"He has since seen his partner Daniela and is now resting. He will remain under observation for a few days while he begins his recovery.

"The club would like to thank the medical staff at Arsenal, the NHS paramedics, hospital staff and surgeons who, through their skill and early response, were of such help.

"The club ask that Raul and his family are now afforded a period of space and privacy, before any further updates are provided in due course."

Managers Nuno Espirito Santo and Mikel Arteta wished Jimenez well following the match, with much of the post-game talk centred on the 29-year-old's health.

The visitors managed to retain their focus to win the contest 2-1, with all three goals coming in the first half.

Daniel Podence's effort just before the break settled matters, lifting Wolves up to sixth.

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Raul Jimenez was "awake and breathing" in hospital following the sickening head injury the Wolves striker suffered during Sunday's 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal.

Jimenez collided heavily with Arsenal centre-back David Luiz when defending a fifth-minute corner at Emirates Stadium and left the field on a stretcher after receiving oxygen and lengthy medical attention.

As their team-mate was transported to hospital, where he is conscious and has undergone a scan, Wolves outplayed their hosts, with goals from Pedro Neto and Daniel Podence either side of Gabriel's equaliser good enough to claim the points and lift them to sixth in the table.

"When it happened, you knew straight away," captain Conor Coady told Sky Sports when asked about the severity of the incident, after which David Luiz played on but was substituted at half-time.

"I hope David Luiz is okay too, it was a horrible clash of heads. You don’t like to see it in football.

"It was a tough thing that happened. We just hope and pray that everything's okay.

"I was just behind him, so I jumped with him as well and you heard it. As they dropped… he was on his side, it was important we kept him on his side.

"It's something you never want to see with one of your team-mates or anyone in the Premier League.

"He's the one thing that matters today. We got a fantastic result but all that matters is making sure Raul and David Luiz are okay."

After the match, updates over Jimenez's condition were the first thing Coady and his colleagues asked about.

"He's in the hospital and by all accounts he's awake and breathing. I don’t know too much," the England defender said.

"It's important now we get Raul sorted because it was a massive collision."

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo explained that concern will remain until the extent of the injuries suffered by Jimenez are known.

"He's doing a scan now. He's conscious. He's okay inside the gravity of the problem, of course," said the Wolves manager.

"It is serious. It was a bad moment for everybody, both teams, both players. We wish everything to be okay. Now we are worried, of course.

"You see the panic in their eyes [the medical staff] and you think the very worst. We are worried.

"He speaks, he is aware and now he is doing a proper assessment. He is in good hands."

In the circumstance, Nuno was delighted by the performance of his team as Neto, Podence and Adama Traore all dazzled in a superb attacking display.

"Amazing, amazing. I'm very proud today. This team showed heart. A will, a belief, the way they ran and worked was really good to see," he said.

"Today was a reflection of how much these players believe in themselves and how much they grow as a unit."

Despite experiencing a result that leaves his side languishing 14th in the table, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta's first thoughts were also with the stricken Jimenez.

"Obviously we are worried about Jimenez because it looked really nasty. When you see the concern of the players you know something bad is happening," Arteta said.

"We would like to send our love to him and his family and hopefully it is not as bad as it looks."

Wolves recovered from the shock of a sickening injury to top scorer Raul Jimenez to claim a 2-1 Premier League victory at Arsenal.

Jimenez appeared to be knocked unconscious following a fifth-minute clash of heads with David Luiz and received oxygen on the field during almost 10 minutes of treatment before being taken to hospital.

In the absence of their top scorer, Wolves hit the front through Pedro Neto and, although Gabriel briefly headed Arsenal level, the visitors claimed a deserved three points through Daniel Podence's superbly taken 42nd-minute winner.

The result moves Wolves up to sixth in the table, with Arsenal languishing in 14th.

Following the long delay and amid a fog of deep concern over Jimenez's wellbeing, Wolves took a 27th-minute lead.

Adama Traore got the better of Kieran Tierney down the Arsenal left and Neto was on hand to convert when Leander Dendoncker's header came back off the crossbar.

The visitors' advantage did not last long, with Gabriel powering home Willian's cross from a well-worked short corner.

Opportunism and poor Arsenal defending were again evident when Wolves made it 2-1 - Podence deftly lifting a bouncing ball over Gabriel and finding a finish after Bernd Leno saved Neto's deflected strike with his legs.

Traore was influential during the build-up once more and then slashed a stoppage-time attempt into the side netting.

The direct running of Wolves' attackers continued to cause Arsenal problems after the break and Hector Bellerin needed a last-ditch block to deny Podence with an hour played.

Wolves' superiority appeared to encourage sloppiness inside the final 20 minutes, with chances offered up to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Reiss Nelson.

Aubameyang remains without a Premier League goal in open play since the opening weekend of the season and headed wastefully over from Bellerin's 82nd-minute delivery.

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Blood-stained Luiz gives football questions to answer

Having been a blameless participant in the horrific Jimenez accident, it is hard to imagine what an ordeal playing on must have been for David Luiz. However, it feels like there is a much more straightforward conclusion when it comes to whether or not he should have been allowed to continue.

To take an example from another sport, where concussion substitutes have recently been introduced, Australia cricket star Steve Smith passed an initial concussion test after being struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer, but was withdrawn from the remainder of last year's second Ashes Test when he failed a subsequent examination the morning after.

Luiz may not deteriorate similarly but it felt wrong for him to be allowed to play on, with Arsenal eventually replacing him at half-time. Once again in the area of concussion, football's protocols appeared unfit for purpose.

What's next?

Arsenal entertain Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday before facing the short trip to Tottenham for the north London derby on Sunday, when Wolves face a similarly tricky assignment at Liverpool.

Wolves striker Raul Jimenez was substituted after suffering an apparently severe head injury during Sunday's Premier League game at Arsenal.

Jimenez was helping his team defend a corner four-and-a-half minutes into the match at Emirates Stadium when he suffered a sickening clash of heads with Gunners defender David Luiz, who was attacking Willian's right-wing corner.

David Luiz was able to continue after having his head bandaged and undergoing concussion protocols, but Jimenez was treated for almost 10 minutes on the turf before being taken from the field on a stretcher.

He appeared to be unconscious after the impact and received oxygen from medical staff while on the pitch.

The 29-year-old Mexico international, who was taken straight to hospital, had four goals in nine Premier League appearances this season ahead of this weekend. He has been directly involved in 27 top-flight goals (21 goals and six assists) since the start of last season.

Wolves' record signing Fabio Silva was introduced in place of Jimenez, and the game was 1-1 before the half hour, with Arsenal defender Gabriel swiftly cancelling out Pedro Neto's opener.

Raul Jimenez and Hirving Lozano struck in the second half as Mexico extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches with a 2-0 friendly win over Japan in foggy Graz on Tuesday.

Japan had the better of the first half at Merkur Arena, but Guillermo Ochoa made a brilliant fingertip save to keep out Genki Haraguchi's drive before denying Musashi Suzuki the opening goal.

Busy captain Ochoa was called into action again to thwart Junya Ito and Daichi Kamada came close with a header as the Samurai Blue remained on the front foot.

Mexico played with much more urgency after the interval, Jimenez forcing a fine reflex save from Japan goalkeeper Daniel Schmidt.

The clinical Wolves striker was not to be denied a fifth goal in his past six international games after 63 minutes, though, poking home from inside the penalty area as Japan were unable to contain Mexico's passing and movement.

Mexico were playing with a swagger after a lacklustre first-half display and Lozano added a second five minutes after Jimenez's opener, racing through and tucking the ball beyond Schmidt in composed fashion.

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