GLOUCESTER prop Terry Sigley, currently on loan at Pertemps Bees, faces a month on the sidelines after breaking his arm during the Bees' defeat to Leeds on Saturday.
Sigley has a small fracture of the radius on his right arm and will spend the next four weeks in plaster, although the injury is not as severe as first thought.
The 28-year-old, who has made 37 appearances in all competitions since his debut in 2004-5 season has suffered the same injury as Alex Brown but the injury is not of the same severity.
"We have suffered a few injuries in recent weeks and Terry is the latest one but his break is not as serious as first thought," head coach Dean Ryan said.
"He will spend a few weeks in plaster and we will obviously monitor his progress. It is exceptionally bad luck because he had been playing well for Pertemps but we hope to see him back in action before too long."
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).