Wolverhampton Wanderers could be set to lose Raul Jimenez for as many as two games after he was called up to the Mexico squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
That’s according to El Grafico, who cover how the striker could end up missing clashes with Leeds and Aston Villa due to Britain’s Coronavirus laws.
Jimenez was recently included in Tata Martino’s squad for the first time in 11 months after several weeks of negotiations to get him to join up from Wolves.
The question, though, is whether he will be available for all 270 minutes of the World Cup qualifiers, which are spaced over seven days.
The problem is the pandemic and Britain’s current laws, which mean players returning from red list countries have to isolate for ten days.
So, were Jimenez to travel to El Salvador for Mexico’s final fixture on October 13th, he would return to the UK the following day and so miss the games against Aston Villa and Leeds.
It’s therefore ‘unlikely’ he will play all three games and instead feature against Canada on the 7th and Honduras on the 10th.
That would leave him free to return to the UK that evening and thus make him eligible for Wolves clash with Leeds on the 23rd.
Frankly, it’s all a bit of a mess, and one Jimenez finds himself an unfortunate participant in because of rules far out of his control.