Stuart Gray has confirmed that Chris Kirkland will play tomorrow when Leeds visit Hillsborough for the first time since the keeper was attacked on the pitch by a fan.
Kirkland was rested for the FA Cup tie at Macclesfield because Gray wanted to give Damian Martinez an outing against the non-League outfit.
But the caretaker boss will look to Kirkland’s experience for the Yorkshire derby and feels that last season’s incident will not affect him.
“Hopefully we’ll be talking about a very good game of football; we want the fans to come and behave themselves,” said Gray.
“Unfortunately it takes one person to ruin a game. Last season we were talking about that incident rather than the football. At five o’clock let’s talk about a Sheffield Wednesday home win, hopefully.
“It (the attack) won’t affect Chris’s concentration. The most important thing is that the players are focused on getting three points. Chris is a very experienced goalkeeper.”
Gray has revealed that the Owls face stiff competition in their bid to bring in players.