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West Ham's Ashton confident playing part this season

West Ham striker Dean Ashton has started running as he begins his rehab from ankle surgery.

"I was able to start running on the treadmill this week," said Ashton "I have been working hard since having surgery in September, focusing on building and strengthening the ankle and muscles in my calf.

"After surgery, you lose a lot of strength in your muscles, so this is been the main part of my rehab work. But to do the running this week has seen me step up a bit more again now in what I am doing."

The England international also told whufc.com: "There are no targets as such, I want just want to carry on with what I am doing and keep progressing every day and then playing some part in the season for West Ham. That is the aim and I am working hard to achieve that."

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