If you think training sessions at a professional level are all about running between cones and listening to bosses discuss tactics for the week ahead, think again.
Players may be competing alongside colleagues and men they consider to be their friends, but that is not to say that they go easy when a ball is thrown into the mix.
These sessions are supposed to be ‘friendly’, opportunities to work on the finer points of an approach it is hoped will serve the club well heading forward.
Occasionally, though, boys will be boys and things are taken a step too far in the heat of battle.
It may be only be training, with no points on the line, but tackles, boots and arms will still fly – just ask Nottingham Forest’s Henri Lansbury following an unfortunate altercation with Dexter Blackstock.
Tangling with a burly frontman who is over six foot in height is probably never a good idea.
There will have been no malice in the incident on Forest’s training fields, but Lansbury has been left with a painful reminder of how serious competition for places is at the City Ground.
He will be patched up and be raring to go ahead of a home date with Charlton Athletic on Saturday, but he is unlikely to stray too close to Blackstock again in the next few days!