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The midfield man was withdrawn in the final quarter of Gloucester's 31-7 victory over Leeds Tykes on Saturday with a neck injury but the diagnosis has not proved serious and he resumed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."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.