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.
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.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.