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."
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.