Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray comments on Leeds United's Neil Redfearn's current problems

Sheffield Wednesday - The Owls

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray believes the injury controversy at Leeds United is a red herring ahead of their game this weekend.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is not reading too much into the unusual goings-on at this weekend's opponents Leeds United.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield, the Owls boss stated he felt Leeds have a strong side regardless of who is and is not available for selection. 

Leeds had to deal with the surprise news last weekend of six players pulling out injured less than 24 hours ahead of their weekend fixture, their fifth loss in succession.

Gray said: "I watched the Charlton game they were unlucky to get beat, they dominated them. It must be very frustrating for Neil, they missed a penalty and created so many chances.

"I know there's a lot been said about these lads and injuries but Neil still managed to put 11 out and his substitutes are quality as well so it'll be a tough game.

"When the fixtures come out you look at certain games, I wish there was more at stake, but most important is bragging rights, we want to send the fans home happy."

Leeds drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday earlier in 2014/15, a game Gray believes is a closer barometer of their ability than the side which lost 6-0 at Hillsborough last season.

Wednesday are coming into the game off a creditable draw with promotion hopefuls Bournemouth last weekend.

The two sides have shown promise this season, but have been unable to show enough consistency to get in the play-offs.

There will be no danger of 'end of season' syndrome with players winding down this weekend, as can happen late in the campaign. Leeds will be desperate to put right their losing streak, and also make up for their last visit to the stadium, against a side determined to win their final home game of the season.

It's a chance for Leeds to turn the page on a distracting week thanks to the injury saga, and the rich flow of talent from the academy which Neil Redfearn knows so well means the Whites will have plenty of options regardless of any further setbacks this weekend.

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