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Les: I won't change

Posted on 5 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Les Ferdinand says it’s too late to change his style of play — despite another sickening clash of heads at Leeds United on Saturday.

Ferdinand’s natural spring and heading ability has always been his greatest asset but he has also paid the price for throwing himself into aerial challenges over the years.

The latest incident came at Elland Road when the striker was stretchered off after an earth-shuddering, air-bound come together with Leeds’ skipper Lucas Radebe.

This time the 33-year-old suffered concussion and had a few stitches in a head wound but he insisted he will be going into exactly the same type of challenges if he’s in the side to face Coventry City on Saturday October 14.

The former England star said: “I can’t change my style of play. I’m too old now and too long in the tooth to change and I wouldn’t want to anyway.

“I would prefer not to have these head injuries but I wouldn’t want to change. It’s all part of the job anyway.”

Ferdinand has since watched the incident, declared himself 'shaken but not stirred' and admitted: “It made me shudder.

“I’m feeling much better now though,” he added. “I saw the doctor on Wednesday and it’s all clear and hopefully I can resume training in the next couple of days.”

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