Ferdinand reveals his chronic back and calf problems

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London, Apr 6 (ANI): Rio Ferdinand, who will be leading Manchester United tomorrow night against Bayern Munich, to keep their European dream alive, has revealed that his chronic back and calf problems had got so bad he could not even stand straight after games.

"When I walked into the dressing room after matches, everyone would just laugh at me because I was so hunched over. For two or three days, I was shuffling about like an old man," The Sun quoted Ferdinand, as saying.

It came to the point in October when Ferdinand could take no more and took three months off to sort out his problems.

"It has all been going on for about 18 months. Once the club and I decided the best thing for me was to shut down and concentrate on treatment, it became apparent that all the muscle injuries I had in my legs were connected to my back problems," he said.

"Now, with the various treatments I have had, I hope it won't be an issue in the future. I still do a lot of maintenance work in the gym to manage it but it looks as though I will be able to do that," Ferdinand said.

The Manchester United ace said that he wants to retire at Old Trafford and stick with the one club.

"Finishing my career at United would be a dream come true and those guys are such inspirations. They are all synonymous with Manchester United and I want to achieve that as well," Ferdinand said.

Ferdinand revealed to Inside United magazine he wants to make history by being part of the first team to win four consecutive titles. (ANI)

Story first published: Tuesday, April 6, 2010, 13:33 [IST]
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