Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's Guinness Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Bryan Redpath had a wry smile as he welcomed a couple of players back to full training whilst two others pick up knocks.
Gloucester's bad luck with injuries this season has been well documented but Redpath is at least able to report that two of his longer term absentees are back this week.
"Sometimes it happens this way. You get some back as you lose others.
"Will James has hurt his medial knee ligaments. He's had a scan and we're looking at maybe four to six weeks whilst Jake (Boer) has a tight calf.
"But (Alex) Brown has come back at the right time for us and (Luke) Narraway coming back helps us as he's someone with talent and it'll help (Gareth) Delve who has been battling on.
"On the whole, though, we've got a few coming back which can only help the squad. We've not had an opportunity to create game pressure within training as we've not had enough fit people out there.
"All being well, we should have enough back in the next couple of weeks to create pressure to perform for places which can only help the squad. It sets up a healthy selection debate.
Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu is back from international duty with Samoa which is timely as Redpath is without a couple of centres.
"Mike Tindall will probably be another week or so. He's training now and he's training well. We have to make sure we don't fall into the trap of bringing him back too early. We need him fully fit.
"Henry Trinder has had another bash to his leg which we're looking into as he's had a dead leg which has bled underneath the muscle and we need to find out why that's happening.
"(Alasdair) Dickinson's not that far away as well and Hazey (Andrew Hazell) is ahead of schedule so we're getting there in terms of getting the squad fully fit which is good because we've had a few guys playing with knocks recently."
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.