THURSDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United, Chesterfield Spireites

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A new look for Chesterfield ... plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Chesterfield’s away kit for the 2014/15 season has been revealed, featuring a white shirt with blue shorts and white socks. Full story: ChesterfieldFC

Chesterfield will be sweating on the fitness of Ollie Banks prior to Saturday’s clash with Newport County at the Proact Stadium. Full story: DerbyshireTimes

DERBY County defender Kieron Freeman was at the centre of a controversial flashpoint on Tuesday night. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

LOANEES Andre Wisdom, Patrick Bamford, George Thorne and Zak Whitbread will be available for the play-offs should Derby County be involved. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

Michail Antonio can give the Owls an extra spark even though he is not fully match fit, believes Stuart Gray. Full story: TheStar

Stuart Gray admits that he was shocked by the Owls’ 4-1 defeat against Watford. Full story: TheStar

Sheffield United could be without defenders Matt Hill and Bob Harris for the fifth League One match running when they entertain third-placed Leyton Orient this weekend. Full story: TheStar

In the last two and a half weeks, Sheffield United have played and matched, for long periods, three of the top five sides in League One. Full story: TheStar

And nationally: Saido Berahino is furious with West Bromwich Albion’s handling of Saturday’s dressing room brawl, with the club now set to sell the talented forward. Possibly the most encouraging news for Chelsea at the end of a largely disappointing night is that when they set about trying to overturn this deficit at Stamford Bridge there may be no involvement for the man who likes to think of himself as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, superstar. There is, however, plenty to concern José Mourinho’s team after a game that leaves the champions of Ligue 1 in a position of command. Real Madrid planted one foot firmly in the Champions League semi-finals with an emphatic 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday as Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the record for most goals in the tournament in one season. Barcelona have confirmed that they will appeal against the year-long transfer ban issued by Fifa for breaching rules governing the international transfer of players under the age of 18. The Spanish champions released a statement last night confirming that they will challenge the ruling, and will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) if necessary. Stuart Pearce will take over as Nottingham Forest manager at the end of the season, reports suggest. The club sacked Billy Davies last month after a disappointing run of form left them struggling to cling onto a play-off place in the Championship. THIBAUT COURTOIS will announce whether his future lies at Chelsea or Atletico Madrid next week.