Anxious wait for Sheridan
England prop Andrew Sheridan faces an uncertain future as he heads home from the World Cup.
Last Updated: 15/09/11 2:44am
England prop Andrew Sheridan faces an uncertain future as he heads home as the first injury casualty of the World Cup.
Sheridan had scans on his left shoulder after England's 13-9 victory over Argentina and surgeons back in the UK, who studied the images, ruled him out of the tournament.
The Sale prop had battled back from reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder to make the World Cup squad.
England's management are waiting for tournament organisers to officially ratify Sheridan's departure before settling on the identity of a replacement.
Sheridan has already undergone two operations on his left shoulder after injuring the same shoulder he dislocated badly in 2009.
The 31-year-old is not yet sure whether he will require more surgery.
"It's a big blow to leave the World Cup through injury, but it's a significant injury to the shoulder, so I have to deal with that and get on with it now," said Sheridan.
"I didn't know the exact incident that had caused it during the game; initially it just felt a bit sore, but a couple of days post-match it was still pretty painful and that's when I had the scan on it.
"I think everyone knows shoulders are quite complicated structures, so it's difficult to come back.
"It takes a lot of work and a lot of work from the physios and the conditioners as well to get players back from shoulder injuries.
"But we are where we are and you just have to get on with it and see what the results are after I've seen the specialist.
"I have to wait until I get back home and see the surgeon - I am quite well acquainted with him now.
"He will give me some good advice and see if I need an operation and what the next stage is."