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.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.