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The Drog is back

Didier Drogba trained with Chelsea on the eve of a possible Champions League return.

The final act of Drogba's first spell was scoring the decisive penalty in the 2012 European Cup final win.

The 36-year-old, who rejoined the Blues this summer, missed Saturday's win over Swansea with an ankle injury but trained ahead of Wednesday night's Group G opener with Schalke at Stamford Bridge.

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Aren't they colourful

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Nike have launched some new boots that look like a packet of Skittles. Credit: PA

The striking new collection also features a vibrant laser orange Nike Mercurial Superfly, built for speed and set to make its debut on pitch on the feet of players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Franck Ribéry, and a bright Neo-Turquoise and HyperCrimson Nike Tiempo V to be worn by Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos.

Nottingham is the city of football

Nottingham has beaten off Manchester and Portsmouth to win the right to stage a £1.6million two-year pilot project aimed at testing ways of getting more people playing football regularly.

The Football Association had £1.6millionn of public funding for the amateur game cut by Sport England in March after failing to reverse a decline in participation - last year there were 1.84million people playing football regularly, a fall of 100,000 since April 2013.

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