MK DONS have moved quickly to dispel rumours that Jimmy Bullard has been forced to retire from football with a knee injury.
The story gained momentum on social networking site Twitter on Saturday after the 33-year-old midfielder was left out of the Dons squad to face Bury.
Fellow footballers and national journalists began to circulate the rumour, but the club have now moved to quash it.
A club spokesman said: “Jimmy hasn’t retired – he felt some discomfort in his knee after training on Thursday and is going to see a consultant about it.”
Knee injuries have marred Bullard’s career since his move from Wigan to Fulham in 2006. He damaged his cruciate ligaments just two months after joining the Cottagers and was ruled out of the game for 16 months.
He was sold to Hull in January 2009 for £5 million, but injured the same knee in his debut match and did not play again until October.
He joined Ipswich on loan in January 2011, and signed permanently in July that year, but his form dipped, prompting manager Paul Jewell to release him from his contract.
Bullard joined Dons in the last transfer window as a free agent after leaving Ipswich in the summer. So far he has made three appearances, starting once in the 1-0 defeat in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Northampton Town at Sixfields.