West Ham boss Alan Curbishley has vowed to ease Dean Ashton back into the first team - and ruled him out of an England return any time soon.
"He's trained every day of pre-season and he's waiting for his chance," he said. "We're delighted he got through it, which was our main aim when you're out for a year.
"He'll need more before the qualifiers, though. We've been careful with him and he'll just be delighted to get a clear run."