A KNEE injury looks like sidelining Toni Martinez for the final two games of the season – but Oxford United boss Michael Appleton has not ruled out attempting to re-sign the striker on loan next season.
The 19-year-old is back at parent club West Ham United getting treatment on the problem which kept him out of the U’s Easter games.
With only two fixtures remaining and their hopes of reaching the Sky Bet League One play-offs dashed earlier this month, it is unlikely Martinez will be rushed back.
Appleton praised the impact made by the Spaniard, who has started nine games, scoring three times, since joining in January.
And while Martinez’s wages may prove a stumbling block for a more lengthy loan, the United head coach is keen to explore the option.
He said: “Toni’s struggling with his knee and we’re in dialogue with West Ham.
“He will probably end up staying at West Ham between now and the end of the season.
“Whether it’s us or someone else, I think wherever he goes next year will reap benefits of the spell he’s had with us.
“You never know, it could be us again. It’s something that we will have conversations about over the summer.”
Meanwhile, Oxford United's Gabby Ravenscroft has been included in the England squad for the UEFA European Women’s U17 Championship finals next month.
The forward is among the 18-strong squad whose campaign in the Czech Republic kicks off against Republic of Ireland on May 2.