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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Sep 11, 2006

Bullard banking on November return

Jimmy Bullard hopes to be back in action for Fulham inside eight weeks as he begins his rehabilitation from the dislocated knee he suffered against Newcastle on Saturday.

The former Wigan star was boosted by results of x-rays which showed he had not suffered any broken bones in the incident with Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker.

Bullard said: 'I have been told it could be eight weeks. I had the X-ray on Saturday and there was no bone trouble so I am looking at eight weeks.

'I never had an injury like it, I have never hardly been injured in my career. This is my first injury I just know I have hard training coming my way and I have got to get my knee as fit as soon as possible.'

Bullard's knee crumpled as he was challenged by Parker and the Fulham midfielder knew it was a bad one as soon as it happened.

He added: 'I have seen it a few times. I just remember the tackle as my leg got caught under me. I was looking at my leg and then the pain came on and it was all a bit of a shock to be honest, a bit of a blur. It was not a good feeling.

'I knew it was a bad injury. It is just one of those things and I have got to get on with it and get as fit as quick as possible and get well.'

But he exonerates Parker from any blame for the tackle which did the damage.

Bullard said: 'What I can remember of it is that I gave a short pass away and the ball came back to me then Scotty came through and I took the full force of his weight on my right knee and my right knee came out of it's socket and gave way on me really.

'I don't blame Scotty at all. He is a good friend of mine and I don't blame him one little bit.'

Meanwhile Fulham boss Coleman, delighted with their victory over Newcastle, was impressed with the contribution of Spurs loanee Wayne Routledge even though the England under-21 international is not fully match fit.

Routledge could now get an extended run in the side because of Bullard's injury but Coleman said: 'He is not ready yet, Wayne, in terms of his match fitness, for 90 minutes. He missed a lot of football at Tottenham - he got injured there and could not get back into the fold.

'He has played a lot of reserve team games, but it is nowhere near the same pace as a Premiership game. He played in midweek for the England Under-21s and got 80 minutes.

'I said to Wayne, 'Look, I am not expecting you to pull up trees in the first two or three games, we are going to have to edge you in'.

'We have to make sure he gets his match fitness and adjusts to our style of play, but especially in the last 10 or 15 minutes, he caused problems.

'He is going to cause problems. He is pacy, he crosses a great ball and he just needs his match fitness now.'

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