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Hull City's Jimmy Bullard scores on return to action

Jimmy Bullard
Bullard was Premier League player of the month in November 2009

Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard marked his return from injury with a spectacular goal for the reserves.

Bullard, 31, showed he had lost none of his flair when he flicked up a tapped free-kick and volleyed the ball home during a 3-0 win over Wigan.

Hull's record £5m signing has not played since injuring his knee against Aston Villa in December.

But Bullard came through an hour for the reserves and could be on track to feature against Everton on 7 March.

With 17th-placed Hull only a point off the Premier League relegation zone, the return of the talismanic Bullard would give Tigers manager Phil Brown a much-needed boost.

Bullard helped revive the club's fortunes in October when he returned to action after a lengthy lay-off following knee surgery in the United States.

He won the player of the month award in November and his return coincided with Hull embarking on a four-game unbeaten run.

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However, it was a short-lived comeback for Bullard, with the former Fulham player injuring his other knee only 19 minutes into Hull's Premier League tie with Aston Villa.

Brown had hoped to see Bullard return to action in January but that assessment proved optimistic, even though the injury was not as serious as initially feared.

Bullard's confident return for the reserves against Wigan at North Ferriby could lead to him having a further run-out against Galway in a friendly on Friday.



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see also
Aston Villa 3-0 Hull City
05 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Bullard out for up to eight weeks
07 Dec 09 |  Hull
Hull's Bullard wins monthly award
05 Dec 09 |  Hull
Bullard set for lengthy lay-off
21 Feb 09 |  Hull
Hull complete 5m Bullard swoop
23 Jan 09 |  Hull
Bullard to undergo knee surgery
12 Sep 06 |  Fulham


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