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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.