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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.