Man Utd's Ferdinand admits injury frustration last term
"It is probably the first season I have ever been injured really but I still played 43 games," he said. "However, I accept I missed a few so hopefully this season it will be back to normal practice."
Looking back, Ferdinand accepts he was not 100 per cent in Rome as United were flogged so mercilessly by Barcelona.
Not that he is using it as an excuse, just the reality of life as a modern-day top-flight professional.
"Obviously you would prefer to go into any game feeling you are the best you can be," he said. "But realistically the football season does not allow for that.
"You carry niggles most of the time and the Champions League final was no different.
"I did a little bit of training on my own this summer but I have started the pre-season with everybody else and been happy with it."