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Sale prop Andrew Sheridan set to return from injury

Andrew Sheridan
Sheridan joined Sale in 2004

England and Sale prop Andrew Sheridan will make his long-awaited return from injury next month.

The 30-year-old suffered a shoulder dislocation last October while playing for the Sharks against Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup.

Sheridan underwent two separate operations to repair the injury to his left shoulder and long-standing damage on his right.

"I feel like I owe Sale a lot so I'd like to have a good season," he said.

Sheridan, who was named in England's Elite Player Squad by Martin Johnson, managed just five games for Sale last season, while his last cap for his country came back in March 2009.

He added: "The club has been good and looked after me well and I'd like to put myself about this season to try to help them."

Sale narrowly avoided relegation from the Premiership last season and Sheridan said it was frustrating watching from the sidelines.

"In some ways I suppose I do almost feel like a new player having had surgery on both shoulders," said the British and Irish Lions international.

"I will have been out almost 10 months by the time we play our first pre-season game so it has been a long road back but hopefully everything will be all right. It's certainly stronger now."



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