Sheffield Wednesday: Chemistry that’s for keeps

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Stuart Gray has paid tribute to the ‘fantastic chemistry’ between goalkeepers Keiren Westwood and Chris Kirkland.

The two keepers may be set to duel it out for a starting jersey throughout this season but Gray says the two have a great relationship.

“I don’t know if people realise but there’s a fantastic chemistry between the two of them,” Gray told the Star.

“I’m having to disappoint one of them one week and the other the next.

“But the competition is very healthy and I think that position is a shining example for us of how good competition can be.”

Illness to Westwood could provide Kirkland with the opportunity to start his first league game of the season this weekend at Bolton.

Westwood withdrew from Republic of Ireland duty at the start of the week due to tonsillitis and Gray says the 29-year-old is still feeling the effects.

Gray said: “He took part in full training on Thursday but he still looks a bit pale in the gills.

“Keiren is a fighter and a grafter.

“He wanted to do the full session and he has done.

“Hopefully he’ll have no reaction.

“Keiren’s finished his course of antibiotics. He’s been off his food and he feels a bit weak. But we’ve got 48 hours so we’ll see.

“I know if he isn’t available I’ve got a top keeper and a top man in Chris Kirkland.”

Lewis Buxton is set to be part of the Owls squad for the first time this season after his recovery from a knee problem.

But Sam Hutchinson and Kieran Lee are both set to miss out.

Claude Dielna and Kamil Zayatte will battle it out to replace the suspended Glenn Loovens at centre half.