West Ham boss keen to protect Ashton
West Ham boss Alan Curbishley insists Dean Ashton is still some way from full fitness, despite his impressive showing at Newcastle.
Asked what he would tell Steve McClaren if he inquired about Ashton, Curbishley said: "I would just say to him he has been out a year and a bit.
"Steve McClaren has been to our games and he has seen Dean.
"They have been watching all the games and they will have seen Dean has slowly got stronger and sharper.
"We will have to see. Two weeks is a long time. Anything can happen."