MIKE TINDALL underwent surgery on Saturday evening to have a pin inserted into the lower third of the tibia in his right leg following his fracture against Newcastle Falcons on Friday.
The Gloucester and England star suffered the undisplaced fracture in the second half of Gloucester's 19-12 defeat at Kingston Park and faces a minimum of 12 weeks' recovery time.
"An injury of this severity to one of our key individuals at this stage of the season is obviously a serious blow because Mike possesses all the characteristics you require during the play-offs," head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"He has big-game experience, natural leadership qualities and knows what it takes to win these one-off matches and we will miss his contribution."
Gloucester can also confirm that Karl Pryce faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines. The former rugby league winger re-fractured a bone in his left foot during his Guinness Premiership debut against Northampton last month and has had a pin inserted.
The 20-year-old will now focus on rehabilitation over the summer with a view to returning to first team action at the start of next season.
"We wish Mike and Karl all the very best in their recovery processes and will be right behind them," added Ryan.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
Speaking ahead of the West Country Challenge Cup meeting with Bath Rugby this Sunday, front rower Paddy McAllister explained how he was looking forward to running out in Cherry and White after a preseason packed full of hard work.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.