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Ashton announcement expected

Filed: Friday, 11th December 2009
By: Staff Writer

Unconfirmed reports are suggesting that Dean Ashton will announce his retirement later today.

The former England international has barely played more than a handful of games for the Irons since joining in a 7.2million switch from Norwich three years ago.

Having intially broken his ankle during an England training camp Ashton missed an entire season before making two unsuccessful attempts to get back to Premier League action.

Late last year rumours regarding the 26-year old striker's possible retirement began to surface on the KUMB.com forum. According to today's Sun, Ashton is finally set to make an announcement on his future later today.

Last month the Daily Telegraph reported that Ashton was set to announce his retirement having been told that he could be left unable to walk should he continue his pro career.

The Telegraph also reported that West Ham United were set to mount an insurance claim against the F.A for 7m, as well as speculating that Ashton was considering launching a direct claim against Shaun Wright-Phillips, the player responsible for breaking his ankle.

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