Neck woe could end Sheridan career

Andover Advertiser: Andrew Sheridan, left, might have to stop playing rugby Andrew Sheridan, left, might have to stop playing rugby

Former England loosehead prop Andrew Sheridan may be forced to retire because of a neck injury, Toulon coach Bernard Laporte has warned.

Sheridan, who played in the 2007 World Cup final and toured with the British and Irish Lions two years later, has a long-standing issue in the neck and shoulder area and suffered a fresh setback during Toulon's Top 14 match against Perpignan last month.

Now Laporte has revealed that the 34-year-old former Sale player has been ordered to rest for four weeks, after which doctors will assess whether he can return or have to retire.

"He has always had a problem between his neck and his shoulder," Laporte told French radio station RMC.

"The surgeon has told him it's not necessary to have a new operation.

"He will now have a month of complete rest and, if the pain does not go away, he will have to stop playing."

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