OLLY MORGAN faces three months rehabilitation following surgery yesterday (Sunday) on a fractured mandible (jaw bone).
The Gloucester full-back was injured minutes into the second half of his side's 32-37 defeat to London Wasps on Saturday but refused to leave the field despite the obvious pain he was feeling.
He was operated on at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Sunday and will now miss potential involvement in the Under-21 World Cup with England or possible tours with the England senior squads this summer.
Head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "It was very brave of him to play on when he was obviously in pretty serious discomfort.
"I think it epitomises the spirit we have within this group of players - Olly was in there right to the end fighting for the cause. That is a hugely impressive characteristic in a young player.
"He has been outstanding for us this season and now we naturally wish him all the very best in his recovery."
Morgan, who has made 12 Premiership appearances this season and scored against Leicester in November, is expected to be fit to resume pre-season training in July.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.