GLOUCESTER Rugby will continue to investigate and monitor the fitness of England prop Phil Vickery, who has suffered a recurrence of a long-standing back injury.
The Kingsholm tighthead prop, who has been ruled out of England's squad for their opening RBS Six Nations meeting with Wales next month, has sustained a recurrence of previous back trouble due to a recurrent disc protrusion which is undergoing treatment at the moment.
Vickery suffered the set-back following Gloucester's 19-9 Guinness Premiership victory over Saracens and at present, the seriousness of the injury is not known.
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan said: "Phil has been exceptionally unlucky with injuries in the past but our medical team is in control of the situation and they will continue to investigate and treat the problem.
"The injury is being controlled by the right people but as yet there is no definite indication of how long he will be unavailable.
"Phil has suffered previous back trouble in the past and for that reason we need to ensure we follow the right procedures."
England head coach Andy Robinson added: "Phil Vickery was not considered for the game against Wales because of a back injury and in conjunction with his club Gloucester, we will monitor his progress in the coming weeks."
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.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in seven tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.
Gloucester took their time to go through the gears in Thursday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener but turned on the style in the second half to emerge 55-0 winners and get their campaign off to a winning start.