Struggling Fulham received a serious boost with the news that midfielder Jimmy Bullard played a full ninety for the reserves against Arsenal tonight.

The lively midfielder had played just four matches for his new club when he suffered a horrible knee injury following a tackle from Scott Parker in Fulham’s 2-1 win at Newcastle last September. The former Wigan playmaker tore cruciate and anterior knee ligaments and his recovery has been aborted on several occasions. But he has played in specially set up behind-closed-doors fixtures against Reading and Bristol City before completing another encouraging display in a 2-0 win over the Gunners at Barnet.

He was involved in Fulham’s opening goal against the Gunners and may now be in contention to feature for the first team as Roy Hodgson looks to lift the Whites out of the relegation zone. Winger Lee Cook, who has been sidelined with a knee problem since signing from QPR in the summer, played sixty minutes as he also looks to prove his fitness.