MEXICAN football players and fans have flooded social media with messages of support for Raul Jimenez after the Wolves striker was hospitalised with a fractured skull.
The 29-year-old underwent surgery after clashing heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz during Sunday’s Premier League contest.
“Stay strong Raul” (#fuerzaRaul) was a trending topic on social media as well-wishers sent messages to the injured forward.
“You are not alone,” the Mexican national team tweeted. “Today there are no colours, teams or nationalities … The entire football world supports you!”
National teammate Miguel Layun also sent his regards. “Brother Raul, get well soon, we all know you’re a machine,” he wrote on Twitter. “We’ll be checking up on you from here.”
An emotional message was left on the Instagram account registered in the name of Jimenez’s baby daughter Ayra.
“Daddy! My example, my favourite superhero and my prince charming!” the message read. “I really miss you and I want to see you at home to start a new adventure together! I love you so much!”
Jimenez sent out a response to that account from hospital. “I love you, and you are my engine to keep going,” it read.
Jimenez suffered the horrific collision with Luiz while both challenged for a corner in the fourth minute of Sunday’s match.
Medical staff gave the unconscious player oxygen on the pitch and he was sent straight to hospital.
Wolves released a statement from team doctor Matt Perry late Wednesday.
“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.”
Dr Perry also said the player should be ready to leave hospital early next week.
Mexican sports journalist David Medrano reported that Jimenez had spoken on the phone with Mexico manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino.
Jimenez has become a star for the men’s national side since Martino’s appointment, scoring 11 goals in his past 16 appearances.
Many Mexicans argue the dynamic forward is the country’s best export to the Premier League.
Although Javier Hernandez was excellent at Manchester United, pundits typically view Jimenez as the more complete footballer.
Since arriving at Wolves in 2018, the Mexican has become a club legend, scoring 34 times in 86 Premier League appearances.
On Tuesday, Wolves announced they had set up a website for fans to send best wishes to the player.
Supporters have also started a crowdfund to create a banner for the Molineux Stadium.
Having reached their target of £7,500 within hours, the group now plan to donate any extra proceeds to a charity of Jimenez’s choice.