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.
Henry Purdy scored two memorable tries against London Welsh at Kingsholm on Saturday, and attributed the first one to hard work on the training ground before describing how much he's enjoying playing his rugby alongside friends like Callum Braley.
Gloucester face London Welsh for the third time this season when they meet at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm), but Director of Rugby David Humphreys insists his team are prepared for a tough game against the Exiles.
Billy Burns was a late call up to the Gloucester team that lost narrowly to the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Friday evening and, speaking to GRTV post match, was full of praise for his team-mates but admitted that defeat was tough to take.
Speaking after what he described as an 'arm wrestle' up front, skipper Tom Savage couldn't fault his side's effort and commitment on the night at Welford Road but insisted that his side will keep on battling, starting at home to London Welsh next weekend.
A number of the Gloucester Rugby squad this week benefitted from an initiative organised by Circle 2 Success (C2S) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to help players develop their business planning skills.