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The former West Ham striker who was forced to retire through injury has sympathized with the Arsenal youngster’s woes, which saw him miss all of last season

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is still no nearer to stepping back out on the pitch one year on from picking up tendinitis in his knee, a stress fracture to the heel and a series of ankle injuries and former West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton empathised with his current situation.

The 20-year-old's last appearance was a pre-season friendly on July 31st last year where the Stevenage-born midfielder picked up the first of his ankle troubles, leading to him missing the entire 2011-12 Premier League campaign.
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And former West Ham striker Dean Ashton has sympathized with Wilshere’s situation, particularly as he was forced to retire from the game following a three struggle with numerous injury problems.

“It’s a lonely place when you are out for so long.” Ashton told The Mirror.

“You try your best to stay involved, but it’s hard to watch your ­team-mates train and play. Coping with the setbacks is very difficult as well.

“You get so close to playing and it can be tough to find the enthusiasm to go through it all again.”

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