London, Nov 30 (efe-epa).- Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Raul Jimenez has undergone surgery after fracturing his skull in a clash of heads with Arsenal defender David Luiz, the Premier League club said in a statement Monday.
Jimenez required oxygen on the pitch of the Emirates stadium and was immediately taken to hospital following the collision with Luiz during a fifth-minute Arsenal corner.
“Raul is comfortable following an operation last night, which he underwent in a London hospital,” Wolves said.
“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,” it added.
“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.”
While Jimenez was taken away from treatment, Luiz, who was bandaged up, was allowed to play on, although he was substituted at halftime.
Following the game, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said Luiz had been brought off because he had a “nasty cut” and “wasn’t comfortable heading the ball.”
He said the club had followed all the protocols in deciding to let the Brazilian defender play on.
But some were critical of the decision.