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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Following the recent announcement that XBlades were to become the club's new kit and leisurewear partner, Gloucester Rugby can today (Tuesday 30 June) confirm the opening of a new retail unit, based at Gloucester Quays Outlet Centre, as well as the launch of a brand new online shop.