Blues straight down to work in Portugal

Harlee Dean in training in Troia, Portugal
Harlee Dean in training in Troia, Portugal

There was no let-up in Blues pre-season preparations after they touched down in Portugal.

After an early morning start from Birmingham Airport to Beja Airport by charter jet, the squad were soon out on the lush pitches of their exclusive training complex, the One Troia Jose Mourinho Training Centre.

Although it was not a heavy session due to the travelling, nonetheless the players worked hard in the hot conditions.

The only active player to miss out was Jonathan Grounds, who is nursing a slight niggle picked up from training in Birmingham before the trip.

Blues have a strenuous day ahead of them on Monday, with double training planned as well as gym and a pool recovery session.