On Sunday at Valdebebas James Rodriguez was put through his paces and showed an improvement from his hamstring injury to the extent that the Colombian will be hoping to reappear on Tuesday in the Champions League game against Legia.
Just a few hours after arriving back from Seville where Los Blancos comprehensively put an end to four consecutive draws, James exercised in a morning session which was a mixture of recovery work for the first team, and high intensity for the academy players.
The player retired injured in the warm up for the Eibar match on October 2 at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and as a result didn’t play for Colombia, to hasten the recovery of the grade 1 tear that he had suffered in the soleus muscle.
Sunday’s training was conducted behind closed doors in a group that included the players Luis Miguel Quezada, Alex Salto, Borja Sanchez, Francisco Manuel Tena and Cristian Cedres of Castilla.
Working hard and fast in small sided games and on reduced size pitches, the midfielder kept up constant pressure on any opposition.
That was in stark contrast to those who had thrashed Real Betis as they continued with stretching exercises before retiring into the treatment facilities.
Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Casemiro and Fabio Coentrao worked away from the main group as they concentrate on their own recoveries.