Sheffield Wednesday: Kirkland in line for Owls recall

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Chris Kirkland is poised to hand Sheffield Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray a goalkeeping boost before Saturday’s trip to Doncaster Rovers.

The former England international, who started once during a loan stint at Rovers back in 2011, is closing in on a first-team return, having missed the last four matches with a calf problem.

Kirkland will be vying with Damian Martinez, who kept a clean sheet in Tuesday’s win over Queens Park Rangers, for a spot in between the sticks. Sam Hutchinson, on loan from Chelsea, is also expected join in training today following a knee issue. He will be competing for a midfield slot with Liam Palmer.

More than 4,000 fans are set to cheer on the Owls against Rovers and Gray wants them to build on back-to-back home wins.

“We have 10 big games to go so there’s 30 points to play for and we’re aiming for as many as we can,” he said.

“I kept saying to the players, ‘let’s get past Leeds and Huddersfield’, and we’ve done that so now we have the likes of Watford and Middlesbrough in our sights.”

Youngster Jack Stobbs has signed a pro contract. It is believed the winger, aged 17, has penned a two-year deal.