Zidane forced to start James against Mallorca

Real Madrid Logical to name him in the XI

James Rodriguez is continuing to show Zinedine Zidane that he is worthy of a place in his plans at Real Madrid, and the Colombian turned down his latest international call in order to keep working in the capital.

After the break, Madrid will meet Real Mallorca in what will be a big test for his status in the squad.

As many as 12 Los Blancos players are representing their country during this round of internationals, and with players still recovering at Madrid, James will be a frontrunner to start.

Important players like Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, Fede Valverde, Casemiro and Gareth Bale are all playing for their countries, so James will be fresher than most.

Additionally, between Mallorca and the following LaLiga Santander game at the Camp Nou, Madrid will face Galatasaray in the Champions League.

So, as a result, all signs point towards James starting against Mallorca, and anything other than that would be a bitter blow for the player.

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