The Welshman told the Evening Chronicle: "The operation was a week ago today and I am still naturally a bit sore.
"But I have already started a bit of walking and jogging and working on the bike at the training ground.
"They say that after a hernia operation you need six weeks to get back into it all. But as far as I am concerned that's the longest limit.
"Alan Shearer was back playing four and a half weeks after his last hernia operation and that's what I am also hoping to achieve.
"And if I do manage this then we could be talking about me playing again by the end of January or early February.
"But at the moment I am not looking that far ahead, although I am more than satisfied at my progress."