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Jimmy Bullard says he is making good progress from injury, but does not expect to make a return to action this season.

The midfielder’s fine advent to the campaign was cruelly cut short at Newcastle in September when he suffered an horrific knee injury.

Bullard was referred to American specialist Dr Richard Steadman when he was diagnosed as having suffered cruciate knee ligament damage.

The Colorado surgeon has told Bullard that his recovery is going according to plan, but the midfielder will not rush his return.

“It is getting better,” Bullard told Sky Sports News prior to Monday’s win over Charlton. “It is on the mend and I just can’t wait to get back out there.

“It has been horrible, it is a player’s worst nightmare to have a bad injury like this, but you have to get on with it. There are plenty of people with worse things out there.

“I am just looking forward now.”

Bullard has been filled with confidence by one of the finest knee surgeons in the world.

“I went with Dr Steadman and he gave me belief that I will be back,” added Bullard. “The main thing is I want to play again and he says I definitely will. I am looking forward to it.”

Bullard is not expecting to see any more action for Fulham this season.

“If it happens great, but I am just looking to get back fully fit,” added the gifted midfielder. “I jut want to get it right, everyone here is behind me and in my head I am just looking to get back next season really.”