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The midfield man was withdrawn in the final quarter of Gloucester's 31-7 victory over Leeds Tykes on Saturday with a neck injury but the diagnosis has not proved serious and he resumed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."
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.