It was back to work for Pompey’s stars following their summer break.
But five-a-sides were definitely not part of proceedings.
Just eight players were present for the start of full pre-season training.
Not even enough to be able to hold the traditional five-on-five match action.
Still, at least recruits David Norris and Jason Pearce were present.
They were joined by Ricardo Rocha, Aaron Mokoena, Joel Ward, Dave Kitson, Hayden Mullins and Jamie Ashdown.
Steve Cotterill, however, expects reinforcements to his meagre squad numbers by the end of the week.