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Geoff Cross will make his Glasgow debut when Warriors take on Treviso while his fellow Scotland international Peter Horne could return from a nine-month absence.

Cross, who joined the club from Edinburgh until the end of the season as injury cover, replaces Jon Welsh at tighthead for the visit of the Italians at Scotstoun on Friday night.

Horne has been named among the replacements as he bids to make his Warriors comeback from the cruciate ligament injury he suffered during Scotland's summer tour of South Africa.

Fellow Scotland internationals Tim Swinson and Al Kellock both return from injury to line up in the second row as Warriors continue their RaboDirect Pro12 play-off push.

Head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Geoff has settled in really well since he joined us a couple of weeks ago and we're looking forward to seeing him in a Warriors shirt.

"We've been handed a big boost with Al, Tim and Peter all able to return.

"Peter has had a frustrating nine months with injury but has worked really hard and featured in a couple of club games recently so he's ready to be involved with us again."

Winger Sean Maitland and centre Mark Bennett come in while Ruaridh Jackson and Henry Pyrgos form a half-back partnership as Duncan Weir and Chris Cusiter are rested. Elsewhere, Tyrone Holmes and Ryan Wilson come into the back row.

Townsend added: "There is no doubt that our victory over the Ospreys last weekend was one of the most important of our season.

"In terms of developing momentum as we go into the final six games it was a massive victory and one which ultimately came down to the determination and effort from the players to get the job done.

"We are fully aware of the challenge Benetton Treviso will pose and the work rate the players put in last Friday will have to be repeated if we're to get a positive result and back up last week's win."

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