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.
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.