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The midfield man was withdrawn in the final quarter of Gloucester's 31-7 victory over Leeds Tykes on Saturday with a neck injury but the diagnosis has not proved serious and he resumed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."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).