Gloucester Rugby confirmed on Thursday morning that openside flanker Andy Hazell has been ruled out until the New Year through injury but that several of his team mates are set to return.
Hazell suffered a severe hamstring injury during Gloucester's Guinness Premiership match against Sale Sharks on Friday 30th October.
Following subsequent scans and specialist opinion, it has been determined that no surgery is required, though Hazell faces a rehab period of up to 12 weeks.
Meanwhile, three Gloucester players who have been missing from 1st XV action following varying degrees of longer-term injuries are nearing full fitness and will be available to Head Coach Bryan Redpath either this week or next.
Prop Nick Wood who injured a foot at London Irish on the second weekend of the season, flanker Peter Buxton and fullback Olly Morgan who have both been restricted to just three appearances so far this season are all back in the frame.
Finally, flanker Apo Satala has been called up to the Fiji squad for the Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test at Murrayfield against Scotland on Saturday.
Satala is cover for Worcester back row Netani Talei who is injured.
Speaking to GRTV in front of the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge, Henry Trinder explained how important the West Country Challenge Cup is going to be for the Cherry and Whites in their preseason preparations.
Speaking to GRTV at preseason training this Tuesday, new signing Willi Heinz gave an update on his recovery from a leg injury and expressed his enjoyment since his arrival in new surroundings with Gloucester Rugby.
Speaking to GRTV after the 22-23 defeat against Bordeaux-Begles which denied Gloucester a place in next season's European Rugby Champions Cup, Nick Wood rued the momentary lapse in concentration which allowed the French side to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
With 50 days to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 gets underway several of the nations that are set to take to the Kingsholm Stadium field during the pool stages were in action in Toronto in Round Three of the Pacific Nations Cup.
Henry Trinder, Matt Banahan and Jack Yeandle all spoke of their excitement for the West Country Challenge Cup at this afternoon's launch in front of the iconic West Country landmark, the Clifton Suspension Bridge.