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Jimmy Bullard is savouring the highs of professional football – such as Fulham’s fine win over Arsenal this weekend – as he tries to make the most of his return from serious knee trouble.

The Fulham midfield, outstanding against Arsene Wenger’s men, revealed just how close he came to giving up the game in an interview with The Sun.

“I went through horrible times. But now I’m playing again I’m just enjoying every minute. I know how close I was to not making it, so every time I step on that pitch I just try and enjoy 90 minutes of football.

“At one point, it was another op or hang-up-your-boots time. It was my decision. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go. But I stuck in there, did the rehab properly when it was bloody hard graft and stuck with the main surgeon, Dr Steadman, who I really cannot thank enough.

“He got my leg back to where it is, if not stronger. Days like these are special. That’s what you play footie for, to be honest, turning over Arsenal on your own patch.”