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.
Following the 48-10 Aviva Premiership win over London Welsh on Saturday, Dan Murphy praised his team mates for battling right up to the very last minute in difficult conditions and maintaining the momentum that the team have built in 2015.
Henry Purdy scored two memorable tries against London Welsh at Kingsholm on Saturday, and attributed the first one to hard work on the training ground before describing how much he's enjoying playing his rugby alongside friends like Callum Braley.
Gloucester face London Welsh for the third time this season when they meet at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm), but Director of Rugby David Humphreys insists his team are prepared for a tough game against the Exiles.
Billy Burns was a late call up to the Gloucester team that lost narrowly to the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Friday evening and, speaking to GRTV post match, was full of praise for his team-mates but admitted that defeat was tough to take.
Speaking after what he described as an 'arm wrestle' up front, skipper Tom Savage couldn't fault his side's effort and commitment on the night at Welford Road but insisted that his side will keep on battling, starting at home to London Welsh next weekend.
A number of the Gloucester Rugby squad this week benefitted from an initiative organised by Circle 2 Success (C2S) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to help players develop their business planning skills.