England open-side Andy Hazell will return to the matchday squad for Gloucester in Sunday's SOLD OUT Powergen Cup semi-final at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding will lead the side from number eight, with Gloucester's other back-row options selected from Peter Buxton, Luke Narraway, Andy Hazell, James Forrester and Jake Boer.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville is set to continue with the same back-line that sees Andy Gomarsall and Henry Paul combine at half-back, with Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae still unavailable after a knee operation.
Terry Fanolua and James Simpson-Daniel should continue in the centre, and Seti Kiole, Marcel Garvey and Jon Goodridge look likely to be the back three.
If Goodridge starts it will continue a superb run of appearances for the full-back, that has seen him start every competitive fixture this season, and miss only two minutes of Premiership action.
French hooker Olivier Azam returned to full contact training this week and could feature after more than three months out with an injured shoulder.
Melville and coach Dean Ryan will continue their preparations for the semi-final on Friday and Saturday, with the team announced closer to kick off.
Director of rugby Nigel Melville knows that the Gloucester side will have to be at their best for Sunday's Powergen Cup semi-final against their West Country neighbours.
"They don't come much bigger than cup semi-finals. Every home game we play at the moment seems to be a derby, they're great occasions and it will be a special day for us.
"I thought that our performance in the first half against Newcastle last week was good. Nobody has the divine right to go through, and we're well aware that it's going to be a battle from start to finish on Sunday.
"That's what 13,000 supporters are coming to watch, and I'm sure everyone's perception of an ideal West Country derby will be delivered."
The two sides met only two weeks ago, when a last minute drop goal from replacement Brad Davies took the points in a 17-16 win in the Premiership at Kingsholm.
Captain Adam Balding said: "Our confidence as a team is high now, and Bath will play a completely different Gloucester team than they did two weeks ago. We expect to go out and play our way."
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.