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Tigers play down fears over Bullard knee injury

Hull City have moved to quash specualtion that new £5m record signing Jimmy Bullard could be out long-term with a knee injury by insisting he will be back to face Spurs on February 23.

The midfielder spent 16 months on the sidelines after injuring his knee during his Fulham career, only returning to first team action 12 months ago.

Bullard has played just 37 minutes of football - for the Tigers at West Ham - since going off injured for Fulham against Tottenham on Boxing day.

And after there were reports a scan was being sent to renowned knee surgeon Dr Richard Steadman in the United States supporters were beginning to fear the worst about a player many are pinning their hopes on for Premier League survival.

Hull chairman Paul Duffen told the Hull Daily Mail: "Jimmy is completely stable, it is not the same injury as 18 months ago and the worst case scenario is that he will be out 10 days to two weeks.

"That means he will be available to return in time to play Tottenham.

"Even if he does need an operation, it will only be to trim a ligament like Bernard Mendy had earlier in the season."

After missing the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Bullard would also miss this weekend's trip to Chelsea and the FA Cup clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

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