Bath Rugby have delayed naming the team to face Gloucester in the SOLD OUT semi-final of the Powergen Cup until Sunday.
Jonathan Humphreys is likely to start from the bench following his recovery from a troublesome heel injury.
Steve Borthwick will captain the side from second row, and is one of five England internationals who return to the squad after playing against Ireland last weekend. Olly Barkley, Matt Stevens, Danny Grewcock and Duncan Bell are all also named in the 25-man squad.
In the backs Matt Perry returns to the squad after missing the NEC Harlequins game with a stiff back, whilst Tom Cheeseman returns following Wales international duty.
Brendon Daniel (back), Lee Best (groin), Robbie Fleck (calf), Mike Tindall (foot), Spencer Davey (knee), Frikkie Welsh (thigh) are all out through injury.
Loose-head prop David Flatman misses out, as the England international requires a couple more weeks to be ready for a full competitive return. However, David Barnes returns to the squad after being passed fit to play following his recovery from a broken forearm.
"This is a pretty big game for both sides," said head coach John Connolly. "The Powergen Cup represents a route into next season's Heineken Cup."
"We are confident heading into the game and I don't think that the result two weeks ago is a factor. We failed to take our chances in that game and there will be a number of other variables on Sunday like a change in personnel, change in referee and change in conditions. It will be an extremely tough game."
Bath Rugby squad:
Matt Perry, Joe Maddock, Nick Abendanon, Steve Booth, Ryan Davis, Andrew Higgins, Olly Barkley, Tom Cheeseman, Andy Williams, Chris Malone, Nick Walshe, Martyn Wood, Heinrich Kok, Matt Stevens, Duncan Bell, David Barnes, Lee Mears, Jonathan Humphreys, Steve Borthwick, Danny Grewcock, Rob Fidler, Geraint Lewis, Gareth Delve, James Scaysbrook, Zak Feaunati
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.