The rugby media were tipping him to play a big role in England's RBS Six Nations campaign, but the injury against the French side could not have been worse timing in that respect.
He's patiently done his rehabilition work over the past few weeks but, asked about England prospects this week, stressed that it's all about proving himself for his club before he thinks about country.
"It was obviously a big blow to get injured before the Six Nations. I've missed most of the tournament, obviously I hope to be fit for the last two games, but I only have one game realistically to prove match fitness and form.
"As soon as I got injured, it was obviously a disappointment for the first couple of days. But you've just got to put it to one side and, not write off the Six Nations, because you want to get back and help the boys.
"But, firstly, it's about getting fit and, secondly, it's all about performing for Gloucester on Friday if I'm selected. That's my focus at the minute, helping us to get that victory on Friday night, any way I can.
"It's something I've tried to do all year, just focus on my game for Gloucester. That's what gets you noticed by the England coaching team.
"So, it's back to square one for me, doing what I do for Gloucester and, if it results in a call up, then that's great. In the meantime, I'll just keep working hard for the club."