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No Easy Street for Les

Posted on 22 July 2002  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Les Ferdinand says that pre-season training becomes even tougher as the years advance.

It was put to Les that the modern, scientific approach of recent years would suit him as opposed to the torture of yesteryear, but Les is having none of it.

"Not at all, the older you get the harder it becomes," he exclaimed.

"It has changed a bit, what helped us this time around is that we've already had the trip to La Manga half way through the break.

"We've come back in and our fitness is obviously higher than it would have been normally."

While pre-season might not be a routine Les enjoys, he does realise the benefits it brings to older players.

"Obviously the older you are the more you need a pre-season. I think most players would agree that if you've got a good pre-season under your belt, and you do pick up a niggly injury during the season, because you've had that six weeks of training it is easier to get your fitness back.

"If you haven't had it and you get an injury you are always playing catch-up."

Les' wrist injury is not giving him any problems and he reports that the Achilles niggle he had operated on towards the end of last season is behind him

"It wasn't really an injury, it was just a clean out in a way. It wasn't really a problem, not something that was going to stop me from playing."

So Les is fighting fit and healthy ahead of the new season?

"I'd like to think so."

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