Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco has declared the operation on his fractured cheekbone a success as the Azzurri continue their build-up to the RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury during the 38-8 defeat to Wales at the Stadio Flaminio last weekend and will face a number of months on the sidelines, a huge blow for Italy's Six Nations hopes.
Bergamasco told www.federugby.it: ''The operation has been a success even if I still have a bit of pain in my face.
''The morale is still high in a sport where an injury like mine can happen every day and it's a good job the operation has gone well.
''I spoke to the doctor who conducted the operation and he said we have to see how it responds week by week and I hope to be ready in a few months, but on March 19 (the visit of France) I will be in the Flaminio stand to support all my team-mates.''
The Azzurri have returned to training ahead of the trip to Murrayfield on Saturday with a couple of new faces in the 25-man squad.
Coach John Kirwan has called up flanker Silvio Orlando and centre Cristian Stoica for the clash between two teams that have not yet registered points in the tournament.
After losing their Under-20s Six Nations crown to England Under-20s in a thrilling final round, France Under-20s lock Tristan Labouteley insists his side will be out for revenge at this year's Junior World Championship.