Ferdinand is feeling better than he has done for some time and insists there are no fitness concerns blighting his pre-season campaign.
"My fitness is OK," he said.
"I am nowhere near where I want to be yet but we have three weeks left.
"Last season, I had no problems with my back, which was a good thing, but I did pull my calf which kept me out for a chunk of the year.
"Hopefully this time around I won't have anything like that and I can continue to play a consistent amount of games."