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The midfield man was withdrawn in the final quarter of Gloucester's 31-7 victory over Leeds Tykes on Saturday with a neck injury but the diagnosis has not proved serious and he resumed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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.