Gallery: An inside look at training ahead of Aston Villa

Thomas Tuchel and his staff put the players through their paces at our Surrey training base in the final session before Wednesday night’s cup tie against the Midlanders.

As revealed in the manager’s pre-match press conference, Edouard Mendy was absent once again but there were plenty of faces eager to impress and earn a starting spot for our first domestic knockout encounter of the season.

Take a scroll through our exclusive pictures below for the best of the action…