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Injured Fulham star Bullard targets return

Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard has said that he is on course for a full return to action by this Christmas as he continues his recovery from an horrific knee injury.

The 29-year-old, out of action for a year after dislocating his kneecap and suffering extensive cruciate ligament damage at Newcastle, is back in training with Lawrie Sanchez's side and is posied to make his return to the first-team by the New Year.

'October still looks about right for me to be playing again but match fitness remains the key,' he told the BBC.

'I will need a lot of training and a lot of reserve games to build up match-fitness for the first team.

'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.'