Jimenez exonerates ex-Arsenal defender Luiz of blame for horrific head injury

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Wolves star Raul Jimenez has completely exonerated David Luiz of blame for his life-threatening injury.

Jimenez underwent surgery on a fractured skull after a collision with the former Arsenal and Chelsea defender almost a year ago.

Luiz, playing for Arsenal at the time came in for criticism in some quarters after the clash of heads last November and admitted he had been ‘traumatised’ by the horrific clash.

But Mexican international Jimenez, back in action after eight months out, revealed to W Radio in his homeland, that he had now had chance to watch video footage of the incident and says he doesn’t blame Luiz one bit.

Jimenez said: “I’ve seen it several times. I asked the video people and the social media people at the club if they had different shots of the play.

“One of their players goes to the front post and passes in front of me.

“If I didn’t take that step, I wouldn’t jump backwards, and I would have jumped in front of him.

“Jumping backwards, he caught me loose. I take 100 per cent of the blame off David. He was going with the intention of heading the ball – unfortunately, it was on my head.”

Jimenez admits the incident is still a total blank to him, adding: “I don’t remember anything. I remember that we arrived at the stadium, that I went out to see the pitch, I went into the dressing room to change and then the lights went out.

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“I don’t remember when the match started, nor the corner kick or the blow.

“Being in the hospital. I was conscious when I was in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, but I don’t remember that. I don’t remember after the operation.”

He adds: “I have memories of things I did in the hospital, that they brought me my food, that they stopped me from walking, but it’s not much either.”

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