Mitch Eadie is set to make his comeback for Saints after being named on the bench for Saturday's Anglo-Welsh Cup game at Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 3pm).
The No.8, who joined from Bristol during the summer, has not played since suffering an ankle injury 15 minutes into the Aviva Premiership opening-day clash with Saracens at Twickenham.
But he has now fully recovered, having returned to training a couple of weeks ago, and is able to play a part at Sandy Park.
Jim Mallinder has named a strong side for the Anglo-Welsh Cup opener, with experienced faces such as Christian Day, Tom Wood and Stephen Myler all starting.
They are mixed with talented youngsters, with hooker Reece Marshall and promising full-back George Furbank also named in the first 15.
Exeter Chiefs: M'Boge; O'Flaherty, Hendrickson, Devoto, Short; Simmonds, Chudley; Hepburn, Taione, Low; Atkins, Skinner; Freeman, Kvesic, Horstmann (c).
Replacements: Malton, Keast, Street, Salmon, Lawday, Maunder, Morley, Hill.
Saints: Furbank; Estelles, Hutchinson, Stephenson, Pisi; Myler, Reinach; van Wyk, Marshall, Hill; Craig, Day; Wood, Nutley, Dickinson (c).
Replacements: Fish, Beesley, Ford-Robinson, J Onojaife, Eadie, Mitchell, Grayson, Emery.