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.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.