Oxford receive boost ahead of potential League One play-off meeting with Portsmouth
Oxford have received a boost ahead of a potential League One play-off clash against Pompey.
The U's have confirmed that striker Matty Taylor's loan spell from Bristol City has been extended for the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
It's looking likely the campaign will be curtailed when clubs vote during an EFL meeting on Tuesday.
If 51 per cents of third-tier sides choose to bring a premature end to the season then league positions will be decided by an unweighted points-per-game formula. Promotion, relegation and the play-offs will still apply.
That will mean Pompey face Oxford in the semi-finals of a traditional four-team tournament. The victors will then face either Fleetwood or Wycombe at a neutral venue for the right to join Coventry and Rotherham in the Championship.
Oxford were delivered a blow earlier this week when Nathan Holland was recalled by parent-club West Ham.
However, Taylor has been given the green light by Bristol City to stay at the Kassam Stadium until Karl Robinson's side's campaign is concluded.
The ex-Bristol Rovers has been in fine form, netting 17 times in 35 appearances for Oxford.
What's more, two of his goals have been against Pompey.
Taylor bagged Robinson's side's opening goal in a 2-2 Leasing.com Trophy draw at the Kassam Stadium in October.
A month later, he was on target against Kenny Jackett's troops again. His stoppage-time header salvaged Oxford a 1-1 draw at Fratton Park.
Pompey have confirmed Steve Seddon's loan from Birmingham has been extended, while Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley) and Ross McCrorie (Rangers) will also be available for the play-offs.
Kenny Jackett is also hopeful Sean Raggett can feature, despite his contract at Norwich expiring at the end of the month.