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."
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