Morris plea to Gray
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 24-year-old was remanded on bail on Wednesday and is due to appear at Leeds Crown Court on charges of raping a 20-year-old woman on December 17.
The Elland Road club initially suspended the former Chelsea star after his initial arrest and put him on a leave of absence, as well as fining him two weeks' wages for an unrelated breach of club rules.
However, after consulting with club lawyers, The Whites have decided to allow the combative star to continue with his first-team duties and Gray may be forced to field him for the game against Bolton, with influential skipper Dominic Matteo and firebrand striker Alan Smith both ruled out through suspension.
Gray said: "All I know is that he wants to play. We had a chat and he told me that he just wants to get out there and concentrate on his football.
"Jody knows what could be in store for him. He understands that there's every likelihood of a reaction from opposition fans. But he can handle whatever is thrown at him.
"He has told me he can do it and I have no worries about playing him.
"The club have made their decision and now it is up to me to decide what to do.
"But he has trained very well this week and is Okay in himself."
In other news, Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe has fired another broadside at the Yorkshire club for trying to lure manager Gordon Strachan back to his old stamping ground.
It is believed that no official approach has been made as yet, but Lowe does not welcome any offers from the league's bottom club.
"It displays a degree of arrogance for a club which is bottom of the league, with large debts, to believe they can attract a manager from a club which is currently ninth with a sound financial base."