Gallery - Saturday in sight

Avram Grant at last had all of his squad together on Thursday - save for Pablo Barrera who was still flying in from Mexico duty - including three new recruits, the England duo Matthew Upson and Carlton Cole and the fit-again Valon Behrami.

The cameras were there and you can check out our exclusive gallery below - with the positive atmosphere reflected by the smiling faces on view everywhere. It was not long before all were knuckling down to work ahead of a major meeting with Chelsea. The derby date on Saturday promises to be a special day at the Boleyn.

Tal Ben Haim and Winston Reid were also present, hoping to press their defensive claims while Robert Green showed he is feeling good after his minor procedure last week with a full session, with competition from Marek Stech and Ruud Boffin.


Victor Obinna

Victor Obinna has proved a popular presence already

Lars Jacobsen

Lars Jacobsen was instantly at home

Avram Grant and Carlton Cole

Manager Avram Grant shared a joke with Carlton Cole

Kevin Keen, Zeljko Petrovic, Paul Groves and Avram Grant

But the main work was talking tactics with his coaches

Freddie Piquionne

Meanwhile Freddie Piquionne was clearly enjoying himself

Valon Behrami

Valon Behrami was in on the joke as well

Scott Parker

Scott Parker was a more serious figure but was soon all smiles with his new contract

Robert Green

Robert Green has trained well all week

Jack Collison

Jack Collison was still upbeat despite more hours of intensive rehab

Ruud Boffin

Ruud Boffin was back at work after his clean sheet with the reserves