Jimmy Bullard nears Hull City comeback
Published : 23 Feb 2010 11:30:33
The 31-year-old has been sidelined for almost three months with a knee problem but is aiming to bolster his chances of moving into contention for a return to action when Hull City face Everton a week on Saturday. Bullard is in line to face Wigan's second string at non-league North Ferriby's Church Road ground this evening and will have breathed a sigh of relief when the pitch passed a precautionary inspection this morning. Eduardo to turn out for Arsenal reservesManchester Uniteds flops boost Cristiano Ronaldos egoHull manager Phil Brown is also expected to give Bullard a run-out in a friendly in Ireland against Galway United later this week and is also toying with the idea of staging a private match as well to speed up Bullard's recovery. "Jimmy has been penciled in to play (for the reserves) and hopefully he will play a decent chunk of the game," Brown said. "But we've got the Galway game on Friday and there's also the chance to play a behind-closed-doors game next week. "That should give Jimmy time to get some minutes under his belt before the Everton game." Bullard became the club's record signing when he joined Hull from Fulham for £5 million in January last year, but his time in Yorkshire has been blighted by knee trouble and he has only played six games since his move. That Brown is so keen for Bullard to return to the fray is understandable, because he kick-started the club's season before his latest injury as Hull took five points from three games in November, before he was crocked at Aston Villa in early December. Meanwhile, Hull centre-half Anthony Gardner, 28, is braced for a two-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem sustained in last weekend's defeat at West Ham. He is due to undergo scans when he meets Hull's medical experts today.