Bristol centre Luke Eves out for six weeks after operation

Luke Eves

Bristol centre Luke Eves could be out of action until early November after an operation on his hand.

Eves, a mainstay of Bristol's midfield, went under the knife the day after Sunday's win over London Scottish.

The former Newcastle Falcons and England Under-20 international had played every minute of Bristol's last 34 Championship fixtures.

"Luke could be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing metacarpal surgery on Monday," said a club statement.

Eves' injury comes after Bristol began their 2013-14 Championship campaign with a number of key players injured, including fly-half Nicky Robinson and winger George Watkins.

Eves is certain to miss Bristol's Championship matches with Jersey and Bedford Blues. The club then has two British & Irish Cup fixtures, before resuming Championship action at home to Nottingham on 27 October.