"Now I'm playing I'm just enjoying every minute of it," added Bullard. "I know how close I was to not being able to play again to be honest so every time I step on that pitch I just try and enjoy 90 minutes of football.
"At one point it was 'have another operation or hang your boots up'. I stuck in there and did the rehab and I can't thank the surgeon, Dr. Steadman enough. He got my leg back to where it was and if not stronger.
"I did the rehab properly, which was hard graft but I'm out there playing again now. This is what you play football for - to beat the likes of Arsenal on your own pitch."