JACK ADAMS has begun the long road to recovery from his cruciate ligament injury after undergoing successful knee surgery last week.
The Gloucester centre was operated on in Chelsea last Wednesday by specialist Andy Williams and already has his sights set on returning to limited forms of training as soon as possible.
Adams, a hugely gifted back from St Peter's school, suffered the injury during Gloucester's A League defeat against Saracens a fortnight ago when he twisted badly that means he will be out of rugby for up to nine months.
But he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk that he already has movement back in his right knee. "The doctor told me it went really well and I already have a lot of range in my leg," he said. "I cannot do anything for the next couple of weeks as the swelling comes down but I hope to be back in the gym as soon as possible.
"I am trying to stay positive - there is no point thinking the worst - and I am just looking forward to getting back in the gym with the lads and doing some training."
The surgery involved taking part of his hamstring and threading it through to the injury so it acts as the new ligament. He also had a cartilage tear stitched at the same time.
"The doctor was pleased with the way it went so I have just to look forward now," he said.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.