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Brown doubtful for England duty
21 October 2005 11:36am
Gloucester forward Alex Brown has emerged as an injury concern ahead of England's autumn Test opener against Australia next month.
But as Worsley begins the recovery process from knee trouble, Gloucester have revealed that 6ft 6in lock Brown has a disc problem in his neck.
Brown, widely tipped to make a Test debut against the Wallabies on November 12, has been ruled out of Saturday's European Challenge Cup clash against Bayonne.
"Alex has a disc problem and he will spend the next seven days being assessed," said Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan.
"Hopefully, after that time, we will get some positive news."
Brown added: "It is disappointing that the injury has happened at this stage, but I will work hard with the medical team over the next week and aim to resume playing as soon as possible."
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