Chelsea and Fulham plan derby changes

first_imgAndre Villas-Boas plans to give Chelsea’s youngsters a chance to shine in Wednesday’s derby against Fulham in the Carling Cup.Veteran striker Didier Drogba has been given the all-clear to return following his sickening collision in the match against Norwich over three weeks ago. Villas-Boas is tipped to start with Drogba and summer signing Romelu Lukaku up front and the Blues boss will definitely include highly-rated young midfielder Josh McEachran.AdChoices广告Ryan Bertrand is set to start at left-back and there may also be an outing for back-up goalkeeper Ross Turnbull.Fulham manager Martin Jol is also planning to make changes for the third-round clash at Stamford Bridge, with deadline-day signing Bryan Ruiz set to feature.Ruiz, who endured a difficult Premier League debut against Blackburn, is poised for another opportunity to impress as Andrew Johnson is injured and Bobby Zamora has been nursing an ankle problem.Algerian defender Rafik Halliche, back at Fulham after his proposed move to Swansea fell through, was in line to play but is a doubt because of illness.Centre-back Brede Hangeland and Whites captain Danny Murphy are among those likely to be rested, while Aaron Hughes and Bjorn Helge Riise are still sidelined.Hughes, who limped off during the Blackburn game, could be fit for Saturday’s league match against West Brom.last_img read more

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US employers add 192000 jobs rate stays at 67

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy delivered a solid month of job growth in March and signaled that stronger gains could lie ahead: More Americans without jobs are starting to look for one, and paychecks are growing. Yet Friday’s government report also showed how far the job market has to go: More than six years after the Great Recession began, private employment has only now regained its pre-recession level. Once you factor in population growth, hiring remains millions short of where it needs to be to reduce unemployment from a still-high 6.7 percent.“We’re seeing sustained improvement,” said Scott Anderson, chief economist at Bank of the West. “But we’re not really that much stronger than we were last year. And we need more improvement for a stronger economy to come into fruition.”U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs last month, just below February’s 197,000, which was revised higher. March’s figure nearly matched last year’s average monthly gain, suggesting that the economy has fully recovered from severe winter weather that slowed hiring in December and January.Most economists expect job gains to pick up a bit in coming months, to a pace of 225,000 or more. One reason: Americans have reduced their debts and benefited from rising home prices and higher stock markets. Better household finances should translate into more spending.last_img read more

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