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.
Skipper for the day Aled Thomas praised his Gloucester team mates, especially the younger ones, for the way they took on a tough Ospreys outfit and emerged victorious in the LV= Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester Rugby and the Ospreys shared seven tries and 57 points in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites came out on top and the club photographer captured the best of the action.