GLOUCESTER will monitor the fitness of lock Alex Brown over the next seven days after he was ruled out of European Challenge Cup action with a neck injury.
The Kingsholm forward has been diagnosed with a disc problem that will be assessed over the next week.
He will not travel with the Gloucester side to Bayonne for their opening Challenge Cup game this Saturday. Head coach Dean Ryan said: "Alex has a disc problem and he will be spending the next seven days being assessed. Hopefully after that time we will get some positive news."
Brown has been one of Gloucester's stand-out players this season and has made 108 Premiership appearances with five tries.
"It's disappointing that the injury has happened at this stage but I will work hard with the medical team over the next week and aim to resume playing as soon as possible," Brown said.
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.