Gloucester's Welsh tight-head prop Gary Powell is ready to bounce back after an injury-hit seven weeks.
The 25 year-old front row man injured his ankle following his last outing for the Kingsholm club in the Powergen Cup win over Leicester at Welford Road in December.
Powell, who trained with the Welsh national squad in the Autumn, injured his ankle joint and ligaments in training the following week and it was estimated he'd be out for a number of weeks.
After seven weeks out injured, Powell is positive that he could be back training soon. Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com the tight-head said: "We haven't got a game next week and I'm targeting the following Monday (14 Feb) to return to training."
Powell, who signed for Gloucester from Leeds Tykes in the summer, made a big impact as he took the lead role in the number three shirt, with Phil Vickery missing the early part of the season.
"It's a been a real up-and-down season. I've had a couple of good runs in the team, but that's been combined with this ankle problem. Mentally, it's been very tough, but there is light at the end of the tunnel, thankfully," added Powell.
The call-up to the Welsh training squad was a massive boost to Powell at the end of 2004, and he's determined to get back in the Gloucester shirt and return to the fitness and form that got the attention of his national side's management team.
"First and foremost it's about being part of the rest of the season for Gloucester. I've been really impressed with the set-up at Kingsholm since I arrived in the summer, and you feel like you're part of something here. There's some hard work ahead, but top of the agenda is just getting back to fitness in the Gloucester shirt."
Powell will be supporting his country on Saturday when Wales take on England, and he's optimistic he'll be the one with a smile on his face when he returns to training at Gloucester after the weekend.
"It's going to be close. England have got quite a few new faces, and Wales have a pretty settled side. There's definitely the opportunity for Wales to win. It'd be nice to arrive back at training on Monday with a win for Wales. It would be a big boost for the entire country."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.