Andi Thanoj looks set to make Boston United return in play-offs... but will Jake Wright be available?

Manager still 'getting head around' line-ups...

Andi Thanaoj.

Boston United are confident playmaker Andi Thanoj has overcome his injury problems and will be fit to feature in the play-offs.

However, question marks remain over whether Jake Wright will be able to line up for the Pilgrims.

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Thanoj's season appeared to be over after the midfielder sustained knee ligament damage during the first of half the goalless draw at Brackley Town on March 3.

But with the season put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thanoj - who netted seven times in 30 appearances this term - has been given extra time to recover.

"I spoke to him last week and he's confident. He's been doing running and says there's no problems," said manager Craig Elliott.

"Hayden (Clifton, sports, therapist) wants to obviously do the checks he needs to do. But he's had him on a programme and he's more than confident he'll be fit for the play-offs.

"He's played a big part in the success we've had and it'd be nice to have everyone fit and available. If we can have that we've got a strong squad."

The Pilgrims squad will return from furlough leave if the play-offs are to be staged, and Elliott hopes those squad members who were on loan from other clubs will also be able to compete for the club

Jordan Nicholson, Frank Mulhern, Simon Ainge and Jake Wright were all on loan at Boston when the campaign was brought to a halt.

While the other players' deals have come to an end with their parent clubs, striker Wright - who suffered concussion in the club's last game, the county cup defeat to Cleethorpes - remains under contract with play-off rivals York City until June 30. This could possibly be extended by the club if the play-offs go ahead.

This would give the Minstermen the final say on whether the attacker can feature for United. He was not given permission to play against his parent club when the two sides met previously.

"There's a lot to do. First and foremost we've got to find a training complex we can use," Elliott said.

"I believe there's going to be a lot of flexibility around loan players who will be available for each club, which will be right.

"Anyone who was signed on when we stopped playing football should be available in my eyes. Hopefully the loan players are available to me and want to play. If we can have that we've got a nice strong squad.

"I'm still trying to get my head round things if I'm being honest. Brackley and York have loan players as well. I've no problem with that as long as it's the same across the board for everyone."

Elliott has previously confessed he's not sure whether defender Matt Challoner, who has agreed to join Southport, will feature for Boston in any possible play-offs.

At least four of the six teams in each division need to be willing to take part - which will mean additional costs for the clubs - for the play-offs to be held.