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Watch: Painful footage of Lood de Jager injury is released

Rugby World Cup winning lock Lood de Jager has given an update on the state of his shoulder, after he was forced from the field in the final against England in November. 

The 26-year-old left the pitch clutching his left shoulder after 21 minutes of play in Yokohama, and it was later revealed that he suffered a dislocation. He has since had surgery on his shoulder, and has shared footage on Instagram of what looks like a surgeon showing how unstable his shoulder was. 

The video shows the lock’s shoulder moving freely as it is manipulated in footage that some may find gruesome. 

This is the second time that the second row has had surgery in 2019, after he missed three months of the Super Rugby season for the Bulls following an operation to his right shoulder at the beginning of the year. 

This injury is expected to keep him out of playing for a longer period, however, and has significantly delayed his debut for Sale Sharks, for whom he signed for over the summer. However, he may still be able to feature for Steve Diamond’s side towards the latter stages of the season. 

For now, this is the beginning of his road to recovery, which started with his shoulder being in a very bad state.

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Watch: Painful footage of Lood de Jager injury is released