There appear to be growing rumours from various sources that rather than travel with the rest of the squad to Dubai last week, Jimmy Bullard in fact returned to the USA for further consultation with his knee specialist, and is due back there - presumably for an operation - any time soon.
It is a fact that Bullard did not travel with the squad - the club has already admitted such - however, both Phil Brown and Paul Duffen have insisted that there is no problem with Bullard's knee, and that he has already been given the all clear by his US consultant.
Phil Brown has maintained that he is very close to full fitness, and expected him to potentially 'play some role' in both the Chelsea and Sheffield United games. However, Bullard didn't even make the bench for either.
All this, to me at least, suggests that there is maybe more to the official Jimmy Bullard story being peddled by the club than meets the eye. It is relatively rare that smoke comes without fire.
I sincerely hope that Jimmy will be fit and ready to play for us very soon. However, I must admit that I am beginning to have my doubts.
Anyone able to cast any genuine light upon the current situation?