However, the big back rower is now back and looking to stake a claim for a place in Saturday's LV= Cup squad at the same venue.
He is named in a young looking United side, which relies heavily upon the club's Academy, with the experience provided up front by Dan George and in the back line by Martyn Thomas.
Also returning to action is Koree Britton, who is named amongst the replacements.
There's a semi final spot on the line. Saints will clinch the Northern Conference and secure a home semi final with a win, but a Gloucester win could pip them at the post.
A win of any kind for the United would seem them leapfrog Leicester Tigers and Sale Jets for second place, while beating Northampton and depriving them of a bonus point would win the group.
Martyn Thomas; Steph Reynolds, Charlie Norman, Ben Roberts, Drew Cheshire; Billy Burns, Reece Boughton; James Gibbons, Dan George, Tom Heard; Jonny Hill, Tom Hicks; Ross Moriarty, Alex Woodburn, Lewis Ludlow
Finlay Sinclair, Koree Britton, Jimmy Litchfield, Simon Linsell, Ed King, Ben Ellis, Lloyd Evans, Niall Crossley