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.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.