Bullard set for Tigers return

Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard could make his long-awaited return to the Tigers' first-team on Monday after nine months on the sidelines against the team he left in January.

Bullard endured a disastrous debut for Phil Brown's side, damaging cruciate knee ligaments against West Ham at Upton Park.

But having made two appearances for Hull's reserve team in the past fortnight, the former Peterborough and Wigan playmaker could finally be set to re-appear in the first-team against his former employers.

The charismatic midfielder is expected to start on the bench at Craven Cottage, his home for three seasons before sealing a £5 million switch to the KC Stadium, on Monday night.

And Fulham manager Roy Hodgson has pleaded with the Londoners' supporters to give Bullard a warm welcome.

“I would imagine that he will not get a bad reception but I don’t know how fans think in those areas,’ he said.

“We live in a world where professional football involves players playing at a club and if something else comes along that they prefer then they will move on.”