Gloucester’s Alex Brown to undergo surgery

Gloucester lock Alex Brown looks likely to miss another 10 weeks of rugby with a shoulder ligament injury.

Thirty-two-year old Brown has already missed the last month after he injured his shoulder playing in the defeat to Northampton Saints in the opening round match.

Gloucester Head coach Bryan Redpath said after his team had beaten Sale Sharks 58-27 in the Anglo Welsh LV= Cup that Brown would have to undergo surgery.

“It is tragic for us but that’s just life,” he told BBC Gloucestershire.

“We just have to get on with it. We’ve dealt with it over the past six weeks and I’m sure we will for the next six.”

Redpath was quick to praise youngster Tom Savage who has come into the side as cover for Brown.

“I’m delighted for Tom – he’s improved every single week,” he added.

“He’s a different player from Alex – he’s not a line-out caller but he’ll put pressure on Jim (Hamilton) and Will James. “

“And that’s what we’ve got to see it as, how much pressure can we put each other under.”

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