Didier Drogba returns but Chelsea will otherwise flood their team with youngsters for the Carling Cup third-round tie against Fulham. Drogba has recovered from the head injury that has sidelined him for more than three weeks and may feature alongside 18-year-old Romelu Lukaku. However, it’s likely that Andre Villas-Boas will afford Fernando Torres the opportunity to start and get straight back on the goalscoring wagon after Sunday's display at Old Trafford. Elsewhere, Josh McEachran, Oriol Romeu, Ryan Bertrand - and possibly Ross Turnbull - are set to start.
Fulham have a doubt over Algerian defender Rafik Halliche because of illness. Captain Danny Murphy and centre-back Brede Hangeland are among those likely to be rested following what has been a hectic start to the new season and defender Bjorn Helge Riise (groin) remains sidelined. Martin Jol may give new signing Bryan Ruiz a chance to prove himself after a lacklustre start to life in London.