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Sheridan out for four months

19 October 2009

  • Sheridan out of England's Investec Challenge games in November
  • The England and Sale prop requires full reconstruction of left shoulder

  England's Andrew Sheridan runs with the ball during an RBS 6 Nations match

Photo: Getty Images

England prop Andrew Sheridan is out of the Investec Challenge matches against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand after tests revealed he requires reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder.

After sustaining the injury when a scrum collapsed during Friday’s Heineken Cup win over Cardiff Blues at Edgeley Park, the Sale Sharks forward, 29, will undergo an operation on Wednesday, October 21 at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, Lancashire..

Sheridan, known for his ferocious scrummaging, was expected to play a part in England’s front row for the successive autumn international matches on November 7, 14 and 21.

Kingsley Jones, Sale’s Director of Rugby, said: “He’s a great presence around our team and he will be missed.

“It’s bad news for Andrew, England and Sale Sharks and we just have to come to terms with it.”

Sheridan will start the rehabilitation process after the operation and is expected to resume playing in four months’ time.

Sheridan has played in 21 of England’s last 28 tests, including all seven games in England’s charge to the Rugby World Cup final in 2007.

The 18st prop also excelled for the Lions in South Africa this summer, starting in the 28-9 third test win in Johannesburg.

England Team Manager Martin Johnson, is already without first choice backs Riki Flutey and Delon Armitage, with the Australia clash (November 7) less than three weeks away.