Totti pleased with progress

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Francesco Totti is satisfied he is on the right road to recovery as he bids to claim a World Cup squad place with Italy.

The gifted Roma playmaker saw his World Cup dreams cast in real doubt in February when he suffered a serious ankle injury but he has now made a successful return to action.

Totti came through 74 minutes of a practice game against Lodigiani on Thursday unscathed and is now planning his return to first team duties.

The Rome-born schemer is confident that he could be available for Sunday's game with Chievo, although he admits he is unsure if he will be needed.

''I did many possible movements,'' said Totti. ''I did each type of test and the ankle is responding well.

''I must have no fear because without fear I can do anything.

''I don't know if on Sunday I'll be called-up, but in the Coppa Italia match, I really think so.

''I must now find the right condition.''

While Totti remains a model of optimism, his coach - Luciano Spalletti - is understandably a little more cautious with regards his playmaker's progress.

''Francesco's condition is improving day-by-day,'' said Spalletti.

''A call-up for Chievo? It seems too soon, it's not a case to quicken the recovery time.

''He's making many steps forward but obviously he is missing something.

''He needs to do a little bit more to find the best physical condition.''