TERRY FANOLUA will make his first start of the season in Monday's A League fixture against Wasps following surgery to his knee.
The powerfully constructed midfield man picked up the cartilage problem during his summer involvement with the Samoan national squad and underwent an arthroscopy in London during the pre-season build up.
He has already missed the Premiership games against Worcester, Sale and Bristol but will hope to prove his fitness against a tough Wasps outfit at Kingsholm.
Fanolua is Gloucester's record Premiership appearance holder and try-scorer. He has scored 34 tries in 142 matches since his debut in 1997 and has played in every position in the backline apart from scrum-half.
He will be partnered in the centre by Anthony Allen as Gloucester aim to build on their opening 37-7 victory against Bath on Monday.
Talking to www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk head coach Dean Ryan said: "There was nothing structurally wrong or anything like that but it was a problem that needed addressing and it will be good to see Terry back in action.
"He is training again which is good news because he is a very important member of our squad."
Marcel Garvey and James Bailey will share the wing positions; Olly Morgan will again stake his claims at full-back, while Brad Davies partners Danny Pointon at half-back.
The forwards once again have an experienced feel with Terry Sigley, Mark Cornwell, James Merriman and Luke Narraway all featuring.
James Parkes will start at hooker alongside tighthead prop Jack Forster, who made such an impact against Bath. Jonathan Pendlebury and Dean Miller complete the forward unit.
"I would imagine this will be a much tougher test than Bath," said Academy manager Mark Hewitt. "But we are pleased with the start we have made and the more experienced players like Mark Cornwell and Duncan McRae have added real direction.
"We have got good shape and want to build on the victory over Bath."
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GLOUCESTER v (Wasps, A League, Kingsholm, Monday 7.30pm): Olly Morgan; Marcel Garvey, Anthony Allen, Terry Fanolua, James Bailey; Brad Davies, Danny Pointon; Terry Sigley, James Parkes, Jack Forster, Mark Cornwell, Jonathan Pendlebury, Dean Miller, James Merriman, Luke Narraway (capt).
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.