Nigel Pearson has insisted Jimmy Bullard is back in the frame for a place in the Hull City first team after any move away from the KC Stadium failed to materialise.
The former West Ham man had been linked with a move after the club were relegated to the Championship last season, with Celtic the frontrunners.
However, with no deal in place to join the Bhoys, Bullard has been thrown a lifeline after Hull have lost three of their first five games.
Pearson, who desperately needs to stop the Tigers’ poor early season form, said: “I'm prepared for him [Bullard] to be in the reckoning.
“Contrary to the way the story gets reported from time to time, there is an opportunity there. By no means have I written him out of the equation."
And the ex-Leicester boss was giving no indication of the reasons for why Bullard was frozen out of the first team during pre-season.
"It would be wrong of me to divulge every aspect of the situation. I understand people's questioning and their angles but there are certain things that have to be kept in-house,” he added.
"All I would say is that there will be an opportunity at some point and it will be done in the interests of the group.”
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