James Rodriguez Injury: Updates on Real Madrid Star's Thigh and Return

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured Columnist

Real Madrid's Colombian midfielder James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Real Betis Balompie at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 29, 2015.   AFP PHOTO/ PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU        (Photo credit should read PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid star James Rodriguez suffered a torn thigh muscle during Colombia's 1-1 draw against Peru on Sept. 8, forcing him to miss key games for club and country. However, he is ready to return to action.

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Rodriguez Available for Clasico

Saturday, Nov. 21

Madrid named the Colombian in their starting lineup for the match against Barcelona.

James on Bench for Sevilla Clash

Sunday, Nov. 8

Real Madrid confirmed the star's status for the La Liga fixture.

Benitez to Be Boosted by Return of Key Weapon

James was handed a starting position after Real's disappointing Primera Division opener against Sporting Gijon, and he immediately impressed against Real Betis, scoring twice and adding an assist, per WhoScored.com.

The 2014 World Cup hero is expected to enjoy a breakout season in 2015-16, his second with the Spanish giants after a solid first year in Madrid. Indeed, Real looked far more dangerous with him in the side prior to his layoff.

Versatile enough to play as an attacking midfielder or winger, he gives manager Rafael Benitez plenty of options to rotate.

Perhaps more importantly, his movement between the lines and his eye for a pass create opportunities for the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, so Benitez will welcome his return.