Three days after surgery on his fractured leg, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger hobbled around on crutches Friday as he prepared to leave the hospital this weekend.
"He's in good spirits," said spokeswoman Julie Soderlund. "He's up on crutches and walking around."
Soderlund said he would be released Saturday, and recovery is expected to take about eight weeks.
Schwarzenegger, 59, fractured his right thigh bone last weekend while skiing in Idaho. In a 90-minute operation Tuesday, doctors used screws and cables to link the broken fragments.
The Republican governor said in a statement Thursday he was looking forward to his inauguration next month, "even if it means I have to walk into my swearing-in ceremony on crutches."
It is the governor's third medical problem in less than a year.
In January, Schwarzenegger needed 15 stitches to repair a cut lip after his motorcycle collided with a car near his Los Angeles home. Last December, he spent several hours at a hospital with a rapid heartbeat after coming down with stomach flu.