GLOUCESTER hooker Mefin Davies has been diagnosed with a damaged vein in his left calf following the injury he picked up against Saracens almost a fortnight ago.
The Welsh international hooker will be monitored over the next fortnight by Gloucester's medical team but there is no indication yet on a potential comeback date.
Davies has featured in six of Gloucester's seven Guinness Premiership games so far this season.
Head coach Dean Ryan said: "We recognise Mefin is an integral part of our squad but we have made it clear this season we are not prepared to rush players back from injury and he will have all the support required to recover fully.
"The timing is very unfortunate for Mefin but it will provide opportunities for other players within our squad to stake their claim for a starting spot."
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.