Gloucester Rugby are pleased to confirm that Akapusi Qera has been given the all-clear and released home this morning following a night spent under observation at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
The Fijian flanker suffered a mild concussion following a blow to the head during yesterday's Guinness Premiership victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm.
Qera was temporarily knocked unconscious and received prompt on-field treatment from Gloucester's medical staff, who took every precaution in line with the normal protocols for injuries of this nature.
Qera came round shortly after leaving the field, and subsequent tests and scans have revealed no lasting damage.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.