Bullard poised for Tigers return

17 October 2009 07:52
Hull's record signing Jimmy Bullard is poised to make his long-awaited return against former club Fulham on Monday.[LNB] Bullard, who has been out for nine months with a serious knee injury, has made encouraging progress in recent weeks and featured in two reserves fixtures.[LNB] The 30-year-old has played just 37 minutes of first-team football since his £5million move from Fulham in January. "Whether he starts or not we will have to wait, it is a big decision," said Tigers assistant boss Brian Horton. "But it is great to see him back."[LNB] He added: "He is a quality player and will be a massive plus when he does start a game.[LNB] "We want him back as quickly as we can but he has been out a long time and we can't rush it.[LNB] "We will have to monitor it, it is a long-term picture. We have got to be patient but he can do some tremendous things, he is an outstanding footballer."[LNB] Bullard was injured on his Hull debut at West Ham and was forced to undergo major surgery on his knee for a second time in less than two-and-a-half years.[LNB] His previous lay-off, whilst at Fulham, lasted 16 months but he returned to play a key role in the Cottagers' escape from relegation in 2008.[LNB] That earned him hero status among fans but he eventually left the club because Fulham were not prepared to match Hull's long-term contract offer.

Source: Eurosport