Real Madrid will not have James Rodriguez for El Clasico

Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez has been out since the November international break with a hamstring injury, and he will not be able to return in time for El Clasico.

James Rodriguez has suffered more tough luck with injuries. The Real Madrid attacking midfielder had a solid start to the campaign, including crucial performances against Levante and Sevilla in September, but he’s fallen down the pecking order. This tumble happened before he suffered an injury, and James has been out since the November international break with a recent knock.

According to MARCA’s Carlos Gonzalez, James will not recover from this injury in time to face FC Barcelona on Dec. 18 at Camp Nou. James has not been able to train with the ball yet, which means he is unlikely to meet the five practice sessions required in order to be available for this game. It’s not impossible for him to play, but it looks extremely unlikely.

The 28-year-old  has not started a game since Real’s disastrous 1-0 loss to RCD Mallorca on Oct. 19, even though he was one of the team’s lone bright spots in attack due to his five key passes (mostly thanks to set pieces). He only played in 11 minutes as a substitute in the following game, which was a 6-0 bounce-back win over Galatasaray.

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Real Madrid are in the midst of another injury crisis. Eden Hazard’s ankle injury against PSG was worse than initially feared and will cost him the remainder of 2019. Meanwhile, Marcelo will also miss El Clasico after picking up a recent calf injury. On the bright side, winger Gareth Bale is back in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Club Brugge, so his injured hamstring should be 100-percent by the time Los Blancos face La Blaugrana next Wednesday.

It’s been a tough season on the injury front for Real Madrid, and James has been one of the unluckiest on the team when it comes to injuries. Hopefully he’ll be able to return soon and make one more appearance before the year 2019 comes to a close.

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