Premier League side, Wolverhampton Wanderers, also known as Wolves are closing in on a knockout berth in the Europa League. Unfortunately, in the wake of a late win over Slovan Bratislava, they got a minor scare, courtesy Raul Jimenez.
As it turns out, sometime in the middle of the match, Jimenez attempted an audacious bicycle kick. The bad news was that his foot smacked the wrong target, namely, Slovenian defender Kenan Bajric.
The 24-year old was out cold after a blow to the head and it took nearly 10 minutes to stretcher him away. This frightening incident comes mere days after Everton’s Andre Gomes suffered a sickening leg injury, specifically in his ankle.
Gomes’ freak injury took place during his team’s Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspurs’ Heung Min Son. Son was sent off and Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw, courtesy a goal from Dele Alli.
Fortunately, Bratislava’s goalkeeper Dominik Greif immediately put his teammate into a recovery position. This was done in order to prevent the Slovenian from swallowing his tongue, which was a real possibility and a potential choking hazard.
Greif’s quick-thinking may have saved his teammate’s life and later, manager Jan Kozak admitted the injury is “serious.”
“He is conscious but he has concussion,” said Kovak. “At the moment it looks like a bad injury, quite serious. One of the home players kicked him in the head.”
“He is not going home with us tonight, he is staying here in hospital to be observed.”
The 28-year old Raul Jimenez was handed a yellow card for his role in the injury. Fortunately for the Mexican, he redeemed himself by scoring a winner in injury-time. Then, during his goal celebration, he apologised to the camera and gave his best wishes to his injured opponent.
“It is difficult for all of us,” Jimenez told BT Sport. “I don’t know what to say. I hope he recovers well.”