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Lille v BATE team news - Lille boosted by Kalou return for Champions League clash

Lille's Ivorian striker Salomon Kalou (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match Lille (LOSC) vs Nancy (ASNL). (credit: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI/AFP/GettyImages)
Former Chelsea FC midfielder Salomon Kalou returns to the Lille squad for their Champions League opener against BATE.

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Lille and BATE are looking to open up their Group F campaign with three points as they know they have tougher tests to come when they face Bayern Munich and Valencia.

Kalou, who left Chelsea FC at the end of last season, was unavailable for their Ligue 1 clash with Troyes through suspension but he is back for the Champions League.

Lille boss Rudi Garcia will keep faith with new signings Dimitri Payet, Marvin Martin and Nolan Roux as they get used to life at their new club.

BATE have been dealt a major blow ahead of this Champions League clash with midfielder Dmitri Baga missing out with a hamstring injury.

The Belarus outfit had plenty of players away on international duty last week but manager Viktor Goncharenko has reported no fresh injury concerns and they will be going in with an almost fully fit squad.

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Lille v BATE team news - Lille boosted by Kalou return for Champions League clash

Former Chelsea FC midfielder Salomon Kalou returns to the Lille squad for their Champions League opener against BATE.

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