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).
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