Les Ferdinand's bid to save his career continues today when he undergoes another operation on the Achilles' tendon injury which has already wrecked his season, but the Tottenham striker has insisted his career is not over, and that he aims to be playing again next season.

Ferdinand, 33, was out of action for six months earlier this season following an initial operation on the problem. When he came back he revealed how he almost quit the game, and it was only his father who talked him out of retiring. Although he returned to first-team action last month, Ferdinand broke down again and will have to go back for more surgery.

Ferdinand said, “This is not a major operation like the other one, when I was laid up for months. It is a question of tidying up a few things and hopefully I will only be on crutches for a week or so and can then start my rehabilitation. Obviously this season is a write-off for me, but my target is to get fit over the summer and try to get a really good pre-season under my belt.”