Gloucester winger Jonny May is confident he is winning his fitness battle and could be in the selection mix for the Cherry and Whites' second Premiership clash of the season.
May dislocated his elbow in his side's pre-season clash with Toulon earlier this month and was initially expected to be sidelined for eight weeks. But that prognosis was soon revised with the 23-year-old now expected to be out of action for just a month.
"I've been waking up every day with it noticeably improving, and that's great," May told the Gloucester Echo. "Now it's just a matter of how quickly we can get it better. But it feels like it's going to be a short-term injury with any luck."
May, who won his first England cap on their recent tour of Argentina, is keen to kick on from the achievement but does not want to rush his recovery. "I want to get back quickly, but at the same time I won't rush back too soon before it is right," he said. "I got my head around it being eight weeks, so when they talked about four, that was a great boost. I'm getting better than we'd initially thought, so I'm feeling good."
He added: "Hopefully when I do get back playing I'll be flying, so I'm not too down about it to be honest. I feel pretty confident with my rugby at the moment, I felt sharp out in Toulon and I really enjoyed the summer.
"So I can stay positive and I played a fair amount out in Argentina, so missing out on the pre-season games hopefully won't prove too much of a problem. It's effectively a pre-season block for me now, so that hopefully when I'm ready for rugby again, I'll be fresh and sharp straightaway."