Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has revealed that he should make his return to football in October.
Midfielder insists knee is now fine
Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has revealed that he should make his return to football in October, but does not think he will be on top of his game until the end of the year.
The 28-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage against Newcastle United last September and it has been a long and arduous road back.
Prior to his injury and the former Wigan man had impressed at Craven Cottage, and Lawrie Sanchez will be keen to welcome back the hard-working Englishman.
Bullard is now back in training and is pleased with how his knee feels, but is wary of rushing his return.
"October still looks about right for me to be playing again but I will need a lot of training and a lot of reserve games to build up match-fitness for the first team," said Bullard.
"Match-fitness is the key. The knee is fine now and everything since I started rehab has been geared to when I could return from what was a career-threatening injury.
"But although you may think you are fit, it is not until you see the other lads going into tackles and the pace they play at that you realise it is going to take time. By Christmas, I think I ought to be fully ready."