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."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.