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Brown setback for Gloucester

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 11/09/06 12:31pm

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Gloucester lock Alex Brown is looking at a lengthy spell on the sidelines after breaking his arm during the club's Guinness Premiership win over Harlequins on Saturday.

Brown had to have a metal p late inserted into his right arm at a Gloucester hospital after the injury on Saturday, and he faces around six-to-eight weeks out of action.

The 27-year-old eventually made his England debut on the tour of Australia this summer after missing out earlier due to a neck injury.

Having missed out on Andy Robinson's 41-man elite player squad last month Brown was hoping to force his way back into the reckoning with more impressive displays for Gloucester.

Brown, after being paired with Italian skipper Marco Bortolami in the second row, have helped Gloucester remain unbeaten in the early stages of the new Guinness Premiership season.

Gloucester coach Dean Ryan admitted that the injury was a big blow to both player and club.

"It is incredibly bad luck for Alex and for the club he has sustained this injury," said Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan.

"He will have our total support and backing as he begins his recovery.

"It is obviously a considerable blow, but we are fortunate to have plenty of options in that area and it will provide opportunities for other players within the squad."

Brown's injury only adds to Gloucester's problems as they currently have the likes of James Simpson-Daniel, Iain Balshaw and Mike Tindall on the injury list.

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