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Real Madrid: James is at the back of the queue

Real Madrid Only Mariano, Brahim, Asensio and Areola have played less

James is at the back of the queue

James Rodriguez wasn’t able to get off the bench against Eibar on Sunday, even though teams are now allowed five substitutes per match.

It’s no secret that the Colombian isn’t part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid.

Out of all the attacking players in the first team squad, James has only played less often than Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz in LaLiga Santander this season, with a total of 341 minutes. And Marco Asensio, though he is out injured.

Out of the entire squad, only Mariano, Brahim and Alphonse Areola have played fewer minutes than the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

Even Alvaro Odrizola, who left for Bayern in January, has featured more often than James this season.

With Zidane opting for a 4-3-3 formation, James is behind the likes of Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo Goes, Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Gareth Bale in the pecking order.

When Zidane added a No.10 to his team to play a 4-3-1-2 system earlier in the campaign, he preferred Isco to James.

Thursday sees Valencia visit Madrid in a game that could see James given a chance to play if Zidane chooses to rotate his team.

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