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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.