James to miss Madrid derby?

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez will reportedly miss Sunday's derby against Atletico Madrid after suffering a recurrence of his thigh injury.

According to Caracol Radio, the 23-year-old faces a few more weeks out, despite being called up by Colombia for their first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Uruguay over the next fortnight.

Furthermore, his national-team doctor Carlos Ulloa is believed to have travelled to Spain to determine the extent of his relapse and gather the results of his latest MRI scan.

James originally sustained the injury while on international duty last month and has not made an appearance for Los Blancos since the 5-0 demolition of Real Betis on August 29.

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