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Real Madrid: James Rodriguez could turn down int’l call to focus on club fitness

Real Madrid: James Rodriguez could turn down int’l call to focus on club fitness

Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez is set to miss Los Blancos’ forthcoming game against Galatasaray in the Champions League, as he continues to recover from the injury which saw him miss Real’s last league encounter against Real Betis.

The Colombia international travelled back to his homeland for the birth of his child last week, in turn missing Los Blancos’ 5-0 thrashing of Leganes.

However, Marca reports that since returning from South America, the 27-year-old has not been able to participate in training with the rest of Zinedine Zidane’s squad, and missed the Betis draw on Saturday evening with a knock.

It is unlikely that he will be able to play a part in the Spanish club’s upcoming fixture against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, either.

Marca also claims that Rodriguez has been included in Carlos Queiroz’s 34-man squad for Colombia’s forthcoming friendly matches against Peru and Ecuador later this month, though it is unlikely that he will accept the call-up as he desperately tries to recover from his latest setback and force his way back into the first-team fold at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Rodriguez’s attitude and commitment to break back into the team is admirable, especially when you compare his situation to Gareth Bale’s – who has missed Madrid’s previous four games, but has accepted a recent call-up from his country for their Euro 2020 qualifiers in two weeks’ time.

The Colombian has been unfortunate with injuries this term, but with Real underperforming at the moment, should he manage to get himself back fit, he may have a great chance of breaking back into Zidane’s side.

Madrid fans, do you appreciate Rodriguez’s commitment to getting back fit? Drop a comment below!

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