Gloucester's Andy Hazell will miss Gloucester's Zurich Wild Card final on Saturday and England's summer international schedule after medical experts advised a period of rest following a recent head injury.
The 27 year-old open-side flanker saw a neurologist this week, and after further discussions with both the Club's and England's medical teams, it was agreed that Hazell would miss the final club game of the season and England's fixtures against the Barbarians and the Churchill Cup tour.
Hazell is still suffering symptoms of concussion after two knocks to the head against London Irish at the end of March and against Saracens on 30 April.
The medical teams will monitor Hazell's situation throughout the summer and he will return to pre-season training when he is symptom-free.
Commenting ahead of Gloucester's Zurich Wild Card final, Hazell said: "It's frustrating not to be part of Gloucester's final run-in and England's summer fixtures, especially having been injury-free all season.
"But I've seen the specialists and they've advised the rest period over the summer, by which time hopefully I'll be symptom-free, which will allow me to get back and fully fit for next season. It would have been nice to finish off what has been a good year for me personally with the England tour, but it just wasn't meant to be."
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).