Life after the Premier League
Whatever happened to... Dean Ashton
October 31, 2013
By Mark Lomas
It was the news that every professional sportsman dreads. After months of frustrated rehabilitation and failed comebacks, 26-year-old Dean Ashton was informed that he would never be able to play football again. At a clinic in Amsterdam, Dutch surgeon Niek van Dijk -- the man who had enforced the retirement of Netherlands and AC Milan legend Marco van Basten -- explained to Ashton that he risked ending up in a wheelchair if he refused to hang up his boots. His career was over.