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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 08:59 GMT 09:59 UK
Ferguson fears for future
Ferguson (left) takes advice from David Moyes
Everton striker Duncan Ferguson could be forced into retirement through the troublesome back injury that has dogged his spell at Everton.

Ferguson's condition is believed to be inoperable and the big Scotsman has been told by Toffees boss David Moyes that a second injection on his back could be the last chance to save his career.

Moyes said: "The situation is a big concern for the club and for Duncan.

"He has already had one injection to treat the injury.

"The problem with the kind of injection is that he cannot train for five days after the treatment.

"We wanted him to have another this week but he said no because he wants to keep going in training.

"If he had a second injection then that would be as far as we could go."

A reserve match next week could determine the former Newcastle striker's future.

If Ferguson suffers reaction from that outing it would raise serious questions about his fitness.

Everton boss Moyes stressed: "There is no time limit with the injury, though he is a concern.

Former Scotland international Ferguson has not played a Premiership match since April, the latest episode in a career dogged by injury.

In a 14 year span, the former Rangers ace has played just 271 matches, scoring 87 goals.

Ferguson joined Everton for a second spell in August 2000, when the Toffees paid Newcastle 3.75m for his services.

But in his two terms with Everton, he has made just 156 starts for the Merseysiders stretching over six years.

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