Leonardo Sarto will return from injury to face his former club as Glasgow Warriors host Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 this Friday (kick-off 7.35pm).
The Italian international winger has not played for the Warriors since October following shoulder surgery, his last game coming in a Man of the Match performance against Leicester Tigers in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Sarto has scored three tries in six appearances for Glasgow following his move from Parma last summer and he starts in the back three alongside Rory Hughes and Peter Murchie.
Sam Johnson also returns from injury to start, partnering Nick Grigg in the centres after over a month on the sidelines.
Henry Pyrgos will captain the side at scrum-half with Peter Horne shifting to stand-off to complete the back-line.
18-year-old Matt Fagerson starts at number 8, joined in the back-row by the experienced heads of Rob Harley and Chris Fusaro.
Scott Cummings and Greg Peterson combine in the engine room behind a front row of Alex Allan, Pat MacArthur and D’arcy Rae.
On the bench hooker Cammy Fenton could make his first appearance at Scotstoun and first of the season, while Sean Lamont will look to make an impact following the announcement that he will retire from rugby at the end of the season.
More than 7,250 tickets have been sold for the game and the last remaining tickets are available from glasgowwarriors.org.
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: “Leo (Sarto) is excited to be back available and we’re looking forward to seeing him play. He has trained well over the last couple of weeks and it’s great that has made it back before the end of the season.
“The same goes for Greg Peterson and Sam Johnson who are both starting a game for the first time in a while and will be eager to grab this opportunity.
“The players are determined to finish the season on a high, and there is a real enthusiasm throughout the squad to play well in front of our home crowd tomorrow night.
“We will have to be accurate, focused and out-work our opposition, as Zebre come into the game in good form. It should be an excellent challenge for this group of players.”
Glasgow Warriors team to play Zebre in the Guinness PRO12 at Scotstoun Stadium, Friday 14 April, live on BBC ALBA (kick-off 7.35pm). You can also follow the action on Twitter @GlasgowWarriors. Glasgow Warriors appearances in brackets:
15. Peter Murchie (115)
14. Leonardo Sarto (6)
13. Nick Grigg (18)
12. Sam Johnson (22)
11. Rory Hughes (31)
10. Peter Horne (112)
9. Henry Pyrgos (122) CAPTAIN
1. Alex Allan (48)
2. Pat MacArthur (152)
3. D’arcy Rae (23)
4. Greg Peterson (20)
5. Scott Cummings (15)
6. Rob Harley (160)
7. Chris Fusaro (123)
8. Matt Fagerson (5)
16. Cammy Fenton (1)
17. Jamie Bhatti (5)
18. Sila Puafisi (41)
19. Brian Alainu’uese (14)
20. Lewis Wynne (14)
21. Matt Smith (2)
22. George Horne (2)
23. Sean Lamont (111)
Not available due to injury: Adam Ashe (shoulder), Mark Bennett (knee), Alex Dunbar (head), Zander Fagerson (foot), Simone Favaro (knee), James Malcom (ankle), Josh Strauss (medical), Richie Vernon (achilles) and Ryan Wilson (shoulder).
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