A-League: D-Day looms for Jets skipper in bid to play grand-final qualifier

NIGEL Boogaard has resumed full training but the inspirational Jets captain will need to play in an intraclub trial on Friday to be any chance of playing in the grand-final qualifier.

The centreback fractured his tibia in the Jets’ 2-1 win Sydney FC six weeks ago.

The Jets have missed Boogaard’s experience, leadership and direction at the back.

“We will have a better picture at the end of this week,” Jets coach Ernie Merrick said. “He is back in training and if he does well, he will be involved in the intraclub game on Friday. If the Friday game is a bit too early for him, that is tough luck. If he doesn’t play Friday then he won’t play in the semi-final.” 

Boogaard’s replacement in defence, Ben Kantarovski is unlikely to play again this season after scans on Monday confirmed he has a grade two tear in his left hamstring.

“He has a grade-two tear, which is four-to-six weeks,” Merrick said. “He won’t take any part in the finals at all.”

The news was better for Ronny Vargas, who has recovered from a groin strain which forced him out of the 8-2 win over the Mariners.

“He is over the injury but he has taken ill and has been vomiting for a couple of days,” Merrick said.