Filed: Tuesday, 9th October 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel
Dean Ashton has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks after straining knee ligaments during last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.
It was confirmed immediately after the game - West Ham's third successive Premier League defeat - that Ashton has once again broken down and was almost certainly out of this weekend's England matches in which he was expected to make his full international debut.
But the worst-case-scenario was confirmed earlier today by head physio George Cooper, who told whufc.com:
"We received the results of Dean's scan and they were what we expected - which is that he had sprained the upper third of his medial ligament.
"In the majority of cases it will take up to six weeks for full recovery."
Ashton - who joined the Hammers from Norwich City in January 2006 has made just 24 appearances in his 21 months with West Ham, scoring nine goals in the process.
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