Jimenez is remarkably calm when talking about his experience, and admits he even requested video footage of the incident from a number of different angles to try to understand how it happened.
After returning home in early December, the hard work began. He was advised to rest in order for the skull fracture to heal, keeping himself fit in the gym and at home. Doctors advised him to steer clear of alcohol in the early stages, which was not a problem as he is tee-total.
In March, he was cleared to take part in non-contact training at Wolves’ Compton training base, with no heading of the ball allowed.
A specially modified headguard was made, and Jimenez had many chats with Petr Cech, the former Chelsea goalkeeper who suffered a similar injury in October 2006 and wore a protective helmet for the rest of his career.
Jimenez confesses that the most frustrating part of his rehabilitation was the final month of last season, when he was advised to delay his first-team comeback until August.
“That was difficult because you think you’re ready but you’re not,” he says. “The decision of the surgeons was that my skull hadn’t fully recovered. That’s something you can’t feel.
“You feel good and prepared and then at the last moment, the MRI or scans told us that it wasn’t fully recovered.”
Jimenez returned to full-contact training in July, and the only difference now is a limit on the number of times he can head the ball.
It has been an admirable demonstration of mental strength and resolve, with the help of family, team-mates and medical staff, primarily club doctor Matt Perry.
The presence of Nuno was also vitally important. Though Nuno departed at the end of last season, they remain in contact and there will be an emotional moment on Sunday when Wolves face Tottenham in the Premier League.
It will also be Jimenez’s first appearance at Molineux since the 1-1 draw with Southampton on November 23, and the chants of “Si Senor” will be deafening.
“It feels really good to be back and I feel now that I am a player again,” he says. “I feel confident. It if was up to me, I wouldn’t use it [the headguard], I would play as normal.
“I’m waiting for the moment when the fans call my name. Before the injury I think I was playing good, the team was playing really good and doing good things on the pitch.
“We are like a family so it’s a target to get the team back where it deserves.”