Tottenham head coach Ryan Mason has urged Raul Jimenez to prioritize his health over a quick return to action and called for a rule change to prevent the kind of injuries he and the Wolves strikers are suffering from.
Mason was forced to retire as a player in February 2018 after suffering a horrific skull fracture after a head fight while playing for Hull City against Chelsea in 2017.
Jimenez has returned to training after a similar injury when Arsenal’s David Luiz collided with the back of his head at the Emirates Stadium in November.
The Mexican, whose wolves visit Mason’s Spurs on Sunday, will see a specialist on May 18 to see if he can get active again before the end of the season.
“I hope he’s fine, I really do,” Mason said at a pre-game press conference. “I know the emotions and feelings he is going through with him and his family right now. The most important thing and the only advice I would give is that your health is the most important thing in this situation.
“To substantiate this, I would take a different path in terms of the bigger picture and say that with these types of challenges and the perception of these types of challenges, there may be more that needs to be done.
“I’ve been saying it for a few years now after my incident. I didn’t want to see that nothing really changed and so did Rauls, the same, the same late challenge from behind and the perception hasn’t changed.
“Maybe something has to be changed within the rules. I don’t know [what exactly] From a technical point of view, a late challenge from behind with excessive force is a poor challenge, but for some reason head challenges and injuries don’t.
“Hopefully this will change in the future. I am optimistic that the Premier League and PGMOL will listen and it will be a matter of time. Hopefully that will change.
“I hope he is fine and comes back to the game, I really do, but the most important thing for any player is your health. He has a family too. Hopefully the conversations and scans he has had will lead to positive results Results and he can return. ” to the soccer field. “
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