GLOUCESTER are confident that England centre Mike Tindall will be fit for Sunday's Guinness Premiership trip to Saracens (1.30pm).
The midfield man was withdrawn in the final quarter of Gloucester's 31-7 victory over Leeds Tykes on Saturday with a neck injury but the diagnosis has not proved serious and he resumed training with the rest of the squad on Tuesday.
Tindall, who has made 13 appearances this season, suffered nothing more than a minor neck strain and should be fit to continue his midfield partnership with James Simpson-Daniel at Vicarage Road.
There was also positive news for two other first choice players who were on the receiving end against the Tykes.
Jake Boer, the back row forward, got his foot caught in a ruck and went over on his right ankle. He suffered soft tissue damage but has not been ruled out of contention ahead of Sunday's game.
The last major concern was to England flanker Andy Hazell. He clashed heads with Gloucester skipper Phil Vickery and the Kingsholm medical team has followed the protocol as with any head injury.
He has been monitored and will undergo a Cogsport head examination later in the week. Should he pass that, Hazell could be announced fit for the weekend and continue on the openside flank.
Speaking of the injuries, head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Mike flexed his neck a little bit but we hope he will be fine for the weekend - he is an international class footballer and a key member of our squad.
"Both Jake and Andy pick up knocks because of the way they approach their rugby but we are hopeful that one if not both will be fit for the weekend which would obviously be very good news for us."
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.