LEE CLARK is focusing on the return of Town ace Gary Roberts rather than the likely absence of Leeds hot shot Jermaine Beckford as he fine-tunes for the big derby.
While Roberts returns after a three-match ban, 23-goal Elland Road marksman Beckford is set to begin one after an FA charge of violent conduct.
TV replays showed the Londoner elbowing Millwall goalkeeper David Forde during Monday’s 2-0 home win, Leeds’ fourth in five League I games.
But Clark insisted: “Beckford’s situation is of no consequence to me. Leeds are a good team with him – or without him. Either way, we face a tough challenge, but it’s one we’re looking forward to.”
Roberts, red carded during the 4-2 defeat at leaders Leicester, is Town’s top scorer with eight and a key part of their attacking strategy, and Clark said: “It’s great to have him available for selection again.
“He’s done very well since I’ve been at the club and he’s a player I rate very highly. He’s someone who can have a big role in taking us where I want to go.
“His ban (for swearing at the referee) was frustrating but hopefully he’ll learn from it.”
With Storthes Hall still snowbound, Town have been training at the stadium, and Clark added: “We’ve prepared very well. The quality of the work has been high, and it’s quite clear every player wants to be a part of this game.”