England prop Andrew Sheridan has reflected on his World Cup exit and wished his teammates well for the rest of the tournament.
Sheridan injured his left shoulder in the game against Argentina and, subject to final approval from the RWC Tournament Medical Director, he will return home.
"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. 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 till 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.
"Like everyone in England (I think) it would be great if we could win it, but it's about looking to the next game – the old cliché. We've got a good team, but we can't get too far ahead of ourselves at this moment in time. I just want to wish the boys all the best."
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