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."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.