Posted on: Fri 06 Oct 2006

Fitness coach Rui Faria watches Gérémi and new signings Hilario and Salomon Kalou bathe their feet in a special liquid after this morning's training session on the second day of the first team's return to work.

Also lined up on the benches for the players is sun protection cream to put on before each training session.

With searing temperatures to train in, all preventative measures possible are being taken to stop the players' path to fitness being met with problems.

Once again today first year scholars Michael Woods and Sergio Tejera plus young professionals Michael Mancienne and Jimmy Smith trained with the squad.

A first youth team pre-season game is taking place this afternoon, and Woods and Tejara will sit that out and participate in the late afternoon first team training session.

by Neil Barnett