OXFORD City Stars have received a major boost with the return of captain Darren Elliott for tomorrow’s clash at home to Cardiff Fire.

The influential forward has been out since damaging his knee during their win at Peterborough Phantoms three months ago, which saw the club go top of the table.

Stars have remained top of English National League South 2 since.

But with injuries to other key players, including Dax Hedges, taking their toll they lost to rivals Bracknell Hornets last month.

For head coach Kenny Redmond’s side to take the title, they need to go unbeaten for the rest of the season, and require Bracknell, who have games in hand, to drop points.

Redmond, said: “Having Darren back has given everyone a massive boost – he’s a big player for us and can’t wait to get back on the ice.”

Elliott, who has been back in training for the past two weeks, said: “It’s been tough sitting it out for three months, all I want to do is play for Oxford.

“The lads have done well and we’re on a good run, so it’s a good time to come back.

“I’m pleased I managed to get back on schedule.

“The support I received was first-class from the board, the backroom staff, players and fans.

“It really kept me going and I’ve worked hard on my recovery programme and am now focused on getting match-fit and helping the club get over the the line.”

Hedges is expected to return to action later this month, after suffering concussion in December.

But while the news of Elliott’s return was welcomed, defenceman Josh Florey is expected to miss the Cardiff game with a hand injury, which required an operation this week.