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."
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
Speaking to GRTV after the final whistle, Tom Palmer praised the Cherry and Whites concentration and desire to hold on to a narrow 14-7 victory. The second row topped the tackle charts with 19 as he led the home team's resistance.
Supporters who are still to purchase tickets for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm) are reminded that Early Bird prices are only valid until 6:30pm on Thursday evening.
The Gloucester Wheelchair Rugby team travelled to Fenton Manor Complex, Stoke on Trent last Saturday to take part in the final round of the GBWR Super Series of the season, knowing just one win would be enough to crown them Division 3 Champions.