Hull City quietly confident that Jimmy Bullard left knee injury not as bad as first feared

07 December 2009 12:58
A statement from the club confirmed that Bullard's injury may not be too severe.

"The club would like to announce that Jimmy Bullard is having a scan at 6pm this evening," the statement said.

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"The result of the scan will not be known until tomorrow when a statement will be issued and in the meantime the club will not be making any further comment."

The Premier League club's talismanic midfielder had to be helped off the field during his side's 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa after falling awkwardly which prompted suggestions he could face another lengthy lay-off.

However, the word coming from the KC Stadium is that the initial signs suggest that the former Fulham player, who has a history of knee problems, has merely strained the medial ligaments in his left knee which would mean that he could be back in action in a month's time.

That would mean that he would miss at least four league games and an FA Cup tie at Wigan but could be back in contention for the visit of Chelsea on Saturday, Jan 9, or the trip to Tottenham the following weekend.

That will come as a relief for Hull City manager Phil Brown because the club-record £5 million signing had only just returned to action for the Yorkshire club after damaging ligaments in his right knee during his debut at West Ham last January.

His recent return to action has coincided with a sudden upsurge in fortunes at relegation-threatened Hull and so Brown will anxiously await the results of scans which are due to take place later today.

It is understood that Bullard, 30, could be out for four to six weeks following the latest set-back although cruciate damage would spell the end of his season but that is a scenario that seems unlikely.

Source: Telegraph