Real Madrid dealt a blow as James suffers calf injury

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James Rodriguez suffers calf injury

La Liga giants, Real Madrid have confirmed James Rodriguez will be out of actions following a calf injury he picked on Saturday against Real Valladolid.

The Colombia international had tests on Monday, which confirmed muscle damage in his right leg.

It is however,not certain how long James will miss games, but he is likely to miss the trip to Villarreal on September 1 and could sit out the international break, with Colombia playing Brazil and Venezuela in friendly matches next month.

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The playmaker started for Madrid for the first time since May 2017 on Saturday, when Zinedine Zidane’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Real Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

James’ injury is a blow to Zidane, who is already without Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio.

All appeared as James was going to leave the club during the transfer window, but Atletico Madrid reported interest and Napoli did not materialize in an agreement.

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The 28-year-old is now expected to stay at Madrid beyond the transfer deadline of September 2.

“James has been in good shape and I would be happy if he stayed with us,” Zidane said at the weekend.

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