Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard is set to make his return to action after a lengthy absence due to a career-threatening knee injury.
The 30-year-old joined the Tigers for £5million from Fulham in January, but was injured during his City debut against West Ham and is only now able to look forward to a reserve team return.
Bullard now has the game against former club Fulham on Monday October 19 as his target for a first-team return.
He said: "It would be funny if it turns out to be against Fulham with them being my former club.
"But that's just the way it is. If it's my old club I make my comeback against, then so be it.
"For me the most important factor will be that I'm back playing again and not who I'm back playing against.
"I'm hoping to get a couple of games under my belt before then. I've got an outing for the reserves planned and it will just be good to go out there, get a bit of fitness back and get used to playing competitive football again.
"I've been in the gym for what feels like forever, but playing football is what I've wanted to do all my life and now I finally can, which is great."