Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand hoping to be injury-free next season

Centre-back wants to put disruption behind him...
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand wants to enjoy next season free from the injury problems that have limited him to just 12 Premier League starts over the course of the campaign.

The 31-year-old was named as part of Fabio Capello's England squad for this summer's World Cup finals on Tuesday despite those injury problems, which he hopes now are a thing of the past.

"It’s been frustrating with the injury – it's been stop-start all through the season," Ferdinand told United's official website.

"It’s not really the way you want things to go. I’ve never really had any serious injuries until the last 18 months. It’s hard to deal with, frustrating, but you’ve got to get on with it."

Ferdinand does feel he has coped well psychologically with the situation though.

"You get all different situations in your career and you’ve got to be able to deal with them," he added.

"This is one of those stages I’ve been through and hopefully now I’m coming out the back end of it. Fingers crossed I won’t get any more injuries."

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