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Shoulder rules Sheridan out of Rugby World Cup

Updated: September 13, 2011, 16:33


QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand(AP) England prop Andrew Sheridan will miss the rest of the Rugby World Cup after damaging his left shoulder in his side's opening match.

The Rugby Football Union said Wednesday that Sheridan would return to England for treatment and be unable to resume his place in the 30-man tournament squad.

The giant loosehead prop has had two operations on his left shoulder since dislocating it in October 2009 and had only just returned from surgery on his right shoulder.

"It's really sad for Sheri,'' team manager Martin Johnson said. "He has been unlucky with injuries and we wish him all the best for his recovery. We brought five props so we have options there and we can bring another player out but we will decide what to do about that in due course.''

Johnson has Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Matt Stevens and David Wilson available for Saturday's second Pool B match against Georgia in Dunedin.

The 31-year-old Sheridan was out for almost a year after reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder in 2009 and felt the same joint was sore after Saturday's physical 13-9 win over Argentina.

The results of the scan were sent back to Sheridan's club side Sale Sharks in England for analysis while the squad spent five days between games at the winter sports resort of Queenstown.

"The specialists who operated on him, the guys know what's in there and have seen it up close and can interpret,'' Johnson said.

The RFU did not say what treatment Sheridan's injury requires.

The loss of Sheridan deprives England of one of the most destructive scrummagers in world rugby. At 195 centimeters (6-feet-5) and 125 kilos (276 pounds), Sheridan is a dominant front-row presence and was the key figure in England dismantling the Australian scrum at the last World Cup.

Sheridan drew praise from the coaching team for his performance in the final warmup win over Ireland, which was his first international since February after a torn calf kept him out of the second half of the Six Nations. He then missed the two warmups against Wales while he completed his recovery from right shoulder injury and a torn bicep.

But he lasted just one more match before departing to another injury.

England is already missing lock Courtney Lawes for the next two matches against Georgia and Romania after he was banned for two weeks for using his knee on Argentina hooker Mario Ledesma. But at least captain and openside Lewis Moody is expected to return from a knee problem to face Georgia.

"We anticipate him being there,'' Johnson said. "He wasn't far off last week. He was running around last week and the week before. If you ask the medics, it's always one more week and then one more.

"But you've got to go some time.''

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