THE disc problem sustained by second row Alex Brown with rule him out of contention for the forthcoming Gloucester matches until the end of November.
The Kingsholm second row has sustained an injury to his neck and following advice from the Gloucester medical team he will not be considered for selection for forthcoming European Challenge Cup or Premiership matches.
Brown will continue to be monitored over the next seven days in case he makes any improvement but he will miss Gloucester's forthcoming fixtures as a result of the injury.
"Nothing else has been on my mind for the last few days and it is gutting to know I will miss an opportunity with Gloucester and potentially with England," Brown said.
"I will see a specialist and hopefully we will know more later this week. I just have to try and remain positive and take the best out of the situation and return fitter and stronger."
His head coach Dean Ryan added: "This is certainly unfortunate timing for Alex and for the club and his desire to play at an international level.
"He will be an obvious loss to us as we continue to evaluate his condition."
Brown signed for Gloucester in the summer of 2003 from Bristol. The A team international topped the line-out statistics during the 2003/4 season and was voted the players' player of the year.
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.