Terry Fanolua and Andy Hazell returned to training this week as Gloucester continue the build-up to their final Zurich Premiership game against Saracens at Kingsholm on Saturday 30 April (kick off 3pm).
Both Fanolua and Hazell have missed the last two defeats against Leeds and Sale Sharks, and will give director of rugby Nigel Melville and coach Dean Ryan a big boost as preparations continue for the last league game of the regular season.
Fanolua has struggled with a back injury in recent weeks, and Hazell has been recovering from a knock to the head he picked up in the win over London Irish at the end of March.
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The return of Fanolua could also mean Aussie stand-off Duncan McRae back in the number 10 shirt against Saracens. McRae missed the last Premiership outing when Kiwi Nathan Mauger filled in for Fanolua and the overseas ruling meant the former South Wales Waratahs half-back started from the bench.
Marcel Garvey also missed the trip to Sale 10 days ago, and has been involved in non-contact work this week, with a hope to return to contact training next week.
Phil Vickery is still taking it day-by-day with regards to the healing process of his broken bone in his arm, and the Kingsholm coaching staff will continue to monitor his progress going into next week.
Talking this week, Vickery said: "The arm has to be right before I go back out there for a Premiership game. I'm in constant communication with the physios and keeping up with the non-contact training. We can't say yes or no at the moment as to whether the Saracens game is a realistic target, hopefully next week we'll know more."
Wing Seti Kiole has had a week of recovery after injuring his shoulder against the Sharks, and along with Vickery and Garvey will be first to attend the physio's clinic as the preparations continues next week.
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
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
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.