The Boston Standard report that Ben Middleton is close to making his Boston United return – just as fellow defender Lewis Gibbens appears to be ruled out for the rest of the season.

Middleton has been sidelined since mid-November after a freak gym accident saw him break a bone in his foot, but appears to be nearing availability once again.

“He started (training) this week and we’re hoping in 10-14 days he should be ready to play,” manager Craig Elliott said following Saturday’s 2-1 win against FC United.

“We need him back. I still need to bring in a defender with Lewis and Ben both being out at the minute.

“But Ben is a good, honest lad and the best thing about Ben is he can play centre back and right back – he can cover two positions.

“We do need that cover.”

Gibbens dislocated his shoulder during last Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Spennymoor Town and could be out of action until the summer.

Read more: www.bostonstandard.co.uk

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