Gloucester's Phil Vickery was remaining upbeat on Monday in advance of the operation on his broken arm later in the day.
The 28 year-old tight-head prop fractured the radius in his right forearm during the 17-16 win over Bath at Kingsholm on Saturday, and is expected to be out for at least six weeks
Talking to http://www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com/ on Monday, with his arm in a cast, Vickery said: "I've got the operation this afternoon and I could be back doing fitness work after a week. As frustrating as it is, I've got to be positive, and this isn't an injury that will stop me from working hard on the fitness elements and being around the lads."
Vickery spoke with Bath prop David Barnes after Saturday's game, who also broke his arm recently.
"I had a chat with David Barnes and it looks like a similar injury to him. He said he had the operation and he was back running after a week.
"We've still got to wait and see what the medical guys say later on Monday, but I want to be up and around as soon as possible.
"There's no doubt that I'm going to get involved and be around this place as soon as I can after the operation."
Director of rugby Nigel Melville welcomes back Gary Powell to training this week, who could be available, alongside Terry Sigley, for the number three shirt for Sunday's clash away at Newcastle.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.