ALEX BROWN, the Gloucester and England second row, has fractured the radius on his right forearm and underwent surgery to plate the injury on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old sustained the injury during the second half of Gloucester's 31-21 Guinness Premiership victory over Harlequins on Saturday and was operated on at the Winfield Hospital in Gloucester later that evening.
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk: "It is incredibly bad luck for Alex and for the club he has sustained this injury. He will have our total support and backing as he begins his recovery.
"It is obviously a considerable blow but we are fortunate we have plenty of options in that area and it will provide opportunities for other players within the squad."
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.