Roma captain Francesco Totti is a month ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery.

"He is a month ahead of schedule," confirmed Professor Mariani, who performed the operation.

"After the first gradual start to the rehabilitation process, it is now time for the athletic phase of recovery.

"It is here that the fear begins to take hold and you can only overcome that by playing. I told Francesco I didn't need to see him anymore and I am handing him over to the fitness staff at Roma."