It's training time again

Members of Jose Mourinho’s first team squad return to pre-season training later today (Wednesday) as preparations begin for the 2014/15 campaign.

The players will have lunch at Cobham before their first training session later in the afternoon. They will then undergo double sessions, one in the morning and another in the afternoon, tomorrow and on Friday.

It is just under two months since the final fixture of 2013/14 was played at Cardiff, and the Blues head north to take on newly-promoted Burnley in our opening game of the new league season in mid-August, a fixture which is preceded by a number of friendly matches across the UK and Europe.

It will be squad members who have not been involved in the World Cup in today, including the likes of John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic, Mohamed Salah and others, with young players from the Academy likely to be part of the training in the coming days too.

Those players who exited the World Cup at the group stage - including new signing Cesc Fabregas - will join up with the squad ahead of our European training camp, with those who progressed further in the tournament arriving back at various points subsequently.

Our first pre-season friendly takes place at Wycombe Wanderers next Wednesday, which is followed by a game against AFC Wimbledon the following Saturday.

The squad will then fly off for a two-week training camp, playing matches in Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Germany.