Sheridan crocked

England have suffered yet another injury blow with Andrew Sheridan ruled out for the next four months.

A scrum collapsed during Sale’s European Cup victory over Cardiff and the England loosehead required oxygen treatment. On Monday it was confirmed a shoulder injury will sideline him for the November Tests and the start of the Six Nations.

England will be without two of their front rankers for the Twickenham Tests against Argentina, Australia and New Zealand in November after Bath’s Lee Mears sustained a knee ligament injury in the European Cup.

Sheridan is likely to be available for England’s third Six Nations match against Ireland on 27 February.

England are also currently missing Danny Cipriani (fractured fibia), Toby Flood (knee), Simon Shaw (toe), Delon Armitage (shoulder) and Riki Flutey (shoulder).