Rugby World Cup 2011: Injured Sheridan ruled out

England prop ruled out of the tournament after injuring his shoulder in Saturday's Pool B defeat of Argentina

England prop Andrew Sheridan has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a shoulder injury in the opening game against Argentina on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, who will return home for further treatment, has had two operations on his left shoulder and had returned from surgery on his right shoulder in time for England’s final World Cup warm-up match against Ireland.

“It’s really sad for Sheri,” said England manager Martin Johnson. “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.”

An RFU statement read: “The England medical team have been liaising with their Sale Sharks counterparts and following a scan and assessment it has been decided that the injury is significant enough for him, subject to the approval of the Rugby World Cup Tournament Medical Director, to return home for further medical investigation.”

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