Olly Barkley has revealed details of the operation he has undergone after suffering a double fracture of his left leg during Bath's defeat against Gloucester.
The England international was carried off during the second half of the Aviva Premiership match wearing an oxygen mask following a lengthy delay while he was treated on the Kingsholm pitch by paramedics.
Barkley tweeted: "For those that have asked I clean broke my tibia and fibula and had a rod with a few screws put through my tib to secure it. Fib will heal."
Barkley toured with England in the summer and played for the midweek team but he has not been part of Martin Johnson's plans all year.
He signed a new deal with Bath in January.
His injury is a major blow to Bath's Premiership title hopes. They are currently in the play-off zone in fourth place but one of six clubs separated by just four points.
Barkley spent a brief and unhappy spell at Gloucester in 2008-09 before returning to Bath.