Saracens flanker Kelly Brown is gradually working his way back to fitness after being forced out of Scotland's June Test matches.
The Scottish captain underwent surgery two weeks ago and is now excited ahead of the new season.
Brown was deemed unfortunate to miss out on selection for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, but is now progressing towards a return to playing in pre-season as Saracens look to recover from losses in the Heineken Cup and Aviva Premiership semi-finals.
"The rehab is going well the injury is getting there" said Brown to the club's website.
"I had the operation two weeks ago, and it's coming along well now; I can partly weight bare and I've still got the protective boot on and then in two weeks I can begin to walk on it".
"In terms of getting back for the start of the season I hope to back round about then, it might not be right at the start of the season, but I'd certainly envisage being back within the first few games.
"I always love it when everyone starts to come back for pre-season. It's great to back and see the guys, obviously you work hard and at times it isn't a lot of fun, but it is just part and parcel of being a professional.
"Like I said, I really enjoy coming back, you get the chance to get as strong and as fit and fast as possible, and I know that some of boys have already be training hard before we've even officially started, which bodes well for the beginning of the season.
"Just coming back to see all your mates again is great. There's definitely a feeling of excitement around the place; it's great to see all of the new guys here and it's brilliant to meet them for the first time and welcome them to the club. Also, with the way things ended last year I think everyone wants to move on and make statement this season."