Zanetti not to retire despite serious injury

Rome, April 29 (IANS) Inter Milan skipper Javier Zanetti has claimed that he will not hang up his boots after snapping his achilles tendon in his side's 0-1 defeat to Palermo.

The Argentine pulled up after an innocuous challenge with Salvatore Aronica with only 17 minutes into play Sunday and was then stretchered off, reports Xinhua.

"At a certain point I felt a pull and it hurt so much. It still does," he said. "I will overcome this too."

The initial diagnosis is a lesion to the achilles tendon, but tests will show how long he'll be out for. An injury of this type can keep a player sidelined for eight months.

Considering that Zanetti turns 40 in August, there are fears this could mark the end of his career.