Men at work: When your club starts pre-season training - and where they're going

The time has come for the Premier League's stars to swap their flip-flops for football boots.

The next few days will see the other 19 teams join Fulham in returning to work after their summer holidays, to begin pre-season training.

Here, Matthew Porter looks at when each top-flight club's stars will be rocking up at the training ground, and what the teams have planned to get ready for the big kick-off on August 13-14.

Arsenal - July 5 The Gunners squad return to training on Tuesday, before embarking on an Asian tour which starts with a game against a Malaysian XI on July 13. It remains to be seen whether Cesc Fabregas will link up with his team-mates should he still be an Arsenal player next week.

Aston Villa - July 8 Alex McLeish will meet with his squad next Friday for the first time since his controversial move from Birmingham. Villa have confirmed an away friendly against near-neighbours Walsall for July 21.

Blackburn - July 2 Rovers start training tomorrow - a few days earlier than most of their Premier League counterparts. They travel to Hong Kong at the end of the month to take part in the Barclays Asia Trophy alongside Aston Villa and Chelsea.

Bolton - July 4 Owen Coyle's players are due to report back on Monday before jetting out to the USA for a three-match tour starting on July 14 against Tampa Bay. They host Levante at the Reebok eight days before starting their league campaign at Loftus Road against promoted QPR.

Chelsea - July 6 Andre Villas-Boas is expected to impose a strict new disciplinary regime when he introduces himself to his players on Wednesday. A friendly against Vitesse Arnhem had been arranged for just three days later but the new boss has cancelled this match as he deemed it to be too soon.

Everton - July 4 The Toffees also begin their pre-season on Monday and will travel to play Bury on July 15 before two games in America against MLS opposition. After playing Birmingham at St Andrew's on July 30, they have no fixtures scheduled for the two weeks prior to their league opener, which is away to Tottenham.

Fulham With most Premier League players still on the beach, Fulham played their first competitive match of the campaign last night as they beat Faroe Islands minnows NSI Runavik 3-0 in a Europa League qualifier. The Cottagers had their first training season a week earlier, having only had a month off.

Liverpool - July 4 Kenny Dalglish's players are due to report to Melwood on Monday, but Lucas Leiva, Luis Suarez, Emiliano Insua and Maxi Rodriguez will spend most of the month in Argentina playing in the Copa America. Andy Carroll has already resumed training as he tries to regain full fitness.

Manchester City - July 4 City will play in the impressively titled Herbalife World Football Challenge in July, playing matches in the US against Club America of Mexico and David Beckham's LA Galaxy. Manchester United are also involved in the event, but the two English sides will not play each other.

Manchester United - July 4 The champions will commence preparations to defend their crown on Monday. They fly out for their US tour a week later and will finish their pre-season in a Community Shield clash with neighbours City on August 7.

Newcastle - July 4 The Magpies are yet another team who will travel Stateside later this month. Alan Pardew's men will be put through their paces for the first time on Monday and will use the pre-season to determine their new captain - and new number 9.

Norwich - July 4 The promoted Canaries will fly to Germany for a pre-season training camp in mid-month and will complete their preparations for the big kick-off with a glamour home fixture against Italian side Parma.

QPR - July 4 Despite furious speculation, the Hoops have assured fans that manager Neil Warnock will continue to lead the team once they return to the training ground next week. The Premier League new boys will play all seven of their pre-season matches away from Loftus Road.

Stoke - July 7 The Potters squad will fly out to their annual training camp in Austria just a day after the start of their pre-season. Boss Tony Pulis will lead his side in Europe for the first time when they play the first leg of a Europa League qualifier on July 28.

Sunderland - July 6 Steve Bruce's men will meet up at the brilliantly-named Academy of Light on Wednesday. The Black Cats make the short trip south to York on July 13 for their opening warm-up game.

Swansea - July 4 Ahead of their first-ever Premier League season, the Swans are following the example of the majority of their rivals and starting pre-season work on Monday. They will play Spain's Real Betis at the Liberty Stadium on August 6 - a week before their first league fixture.

Tottenham - July 6 Chairman Daniel Levy is expected to hold talks with Chelsea target Luka Modric when he returns to training, along with the rest of the squad, on Wednesday. Spurs fly to South Africa for games against Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the middle of the month.

West Brom - July 4 Midfielder Simon Cox reported back early this week as he fights to establish himself as a first-team regular. Boss Roy Hodgson will take his Baggies on a 12-day tour of the US that will include three friendlies.

Wigan - July 7 Latics fans will be delighted that manager Roberto Martinez will be back at work along with his first-team squad on Thursday, having spurned the advances of Aston Villa this summer. Wigan host Villarreal on August 7, six days before kicking their league campaign off at home to Norwich.

Wolves - July 4 Wanderers will play five away friendlies before concluding their pre-season schedule against Spain's Real Zaragoza at Molineux on August 6. Defender Ronald Zubar is hoping to be fit in time for the start of pre-season training on Monday.

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