The Chelsea players were back at Cobham today (Tuesday) as the countdown to our season restart away at Aston Villa this weekend begins.

Following a Stamford Bridge friendly against QPR on Sunday morning in which our west London neighbours were comprehensively dispatched with a 7-1 final scoreline, the Blues returned to training with just five days to go until our Premier League campaign resumes.

In case you need reminding after over three months without a game, Frank Lampard's side currently sit fourth in the table, three points clear of Manchester United in fifth and five points off Leicester City in third. Villa are second-bottom with a game in hand, which comes on Wednesday evening at home to Sheffield United.

As preparations therefore step up a notch, we've taken our pick of the best images from today's session for you to enjoy...