Roma have made use of a novel method to allow Daniele De Rossi to continue training while he recovers from a foot injury.
The Italian international has been running on an anti-gravitational treadmill that was developed by NASA for astronaut training.
The machine uses an air vacuum to reduce the body's weight up to 80 percent, limiting the pressure on landing significantly and preventing the risk of De Rossi re-injuring his foot.
Roma are making every effort to nurse De Rossi back to fitness in time for their game against Cagliari on Sunday evening.
The Giallorossi lead Serie A thanks to a record-breaking start to the campaign which saw them rack up 10 consecutive wins.
However, there are signs that Rudi Garcia's men may be slowing down after draws with Torino and Sassuolo.
With talismanic captain Francesco Totti out of action until at least mid-December, Roma are keen to call on De Rossi, but this weekend may be a little too soon to return to the field in spite of the medical team's efforts.
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