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."
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.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.