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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.