Thibaut Courtois Injury: Updates on Chelsea Star’s Knee and Return

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois suffered a knee injury prior to the side’s Premier League clash with Everton on Saturday, making him a doubt for the Goodison Park trip.

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Courtois Worry Ahead of Premier League’s Return

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News of the problem came via Kristof Terreur of HLN after the international break: “Thibaut Courtois suffered a knee injury on training yesterday. Full extent of injury yet unknown.”

The Belgium international has established himself as one of the world’s best young stoppers, impressing on loan with Atletico Madrid before returning to the English capital in 2014. Despite the presence of longtime No. 1 Petr Cech, Courtois emerged as the unquestioned starter, leading to Cech’s departure for Arsenal.

Asmir Begovic moved to the Blues to give Courtois a capable back-up, but when the 23-year-old was sent off during the first match of the new Premier League season, plenty of fans and pundits still couldn’t help themselves. Ladbrokes got in on the fun:

The Blues may have lost arguably the world’s best back-up goalkeeper, but Begovic is more than capable of holding down the fort until Courtois returns. The Bosnian is an experienced Premier League contributor who greatly impressed during his time with Stoke City, and while he may not be the world-class option in goal Courtois is, he’s not going to lose Chelsea any points.

It doesn’t hurt that he’ll be playing behind one of the world’s top defences, either, even if their start to the season has been a little ropey. The Blues will be hoping their bid to repeat as Premier League champions won’t be derailed too much by Courtois’ absence. 

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The employment numbers will always record some level of unemployment because of workers moving between jobs. This frictional unemployment can be found in even the healthiest economy. Economists like to argue over what rate should be considered ‘full employment’. But almost no-one except minister Abetz seriously believes the headline unemployment number can ever dip below 3% without triggering a sharp rise in inflation. Structural unemployment counts the number of people who are excluded from the jobs market because there are more people looking for work than there are jobs available.

Green senator Janet Rice opens her questions to the Australian Christian Lobby by pointing out the ACL has said for years changing the Marriage Act should be a very low priority for the parliament but now the ACL’s position is the issue should be settled by a plebiscite “at great public expense.” Isn’t there an inconsistency there?

Lyle Shelton, ACL:

I don’t think there’s any inconsistency senator.

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Ranking Arsenal’s Attacking Options on Their Goalscoring Threat

Arsenal’s attacking options have been the subject of significant scrutiny in recent weeks. Of the Gunners’ meagre three Premier League goals, two have been scored inadvertently by opposition defenders. If Arsenal’s title challenge is to spark into life, their productivity in the final third must improve significantly.

In these piece, we analyse the current set of forwards at Arsene Wenger’s disposal and rank them in terms of the attacking threat they pose the opposition. That’s not a purely statistical assessment based on the number of goals they score, although that is obviously a factor. It’s also an appraisal of the trouble they give defences beyond simply sticking the ball in the net—factors that might allow the team to profit in other ways.

The five strikers chosen for inclusion in the ranking are Joel Campbell, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott. Oxlade-Chamberlain qualifies as, although he is not technically a striker, he almost exclusively takes up one of the wide positions in the front three. The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil are not included as they are predominantly midfield players, whereas Danny Welbeck is left out on the grounds that he is not currently available to Wenger.

Read on to discover the proposed ranking of Arsenal’s attacking options.

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“The Alternative” puts the brakes on bullets fired from police sidearms

The Alternative hooks onto a standard semiautomatic pistol to reduce the velocity of a fired round

Aiming for a leg or shooting a weapon from a criminal’s hands may be an option for cops in the movies, but real police officers are trained to shoot for the center of mass, not necessarily to kill, but to stop – although the end result can often be one and the same. “The Alternative” is designed to give officers a less lethal option in the form of a clip-on “air bag” for semiautomatic pistols that reduces the velocity of a standard round to make it less lethal.

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