James returned to Real Madrid this summer of his assignment at Bayern and has lived riding a ferris wheel. He had the discard sign hung around his neck (Zidane did not count on him in summer and had a foot and a half in Atlético, but the wreck of New Jersey 3-7 against Simeone aborted the operation), then excited as a signing (Zidane used him for the first time on the second day against Valladolid and gave him four titles in five games in which the player took the chest) to finish, between injuries and technical decisions, to evaporate. The last three months have not been easy to navigate for James. On October 19 he played his last game as a starter. It was against Mallorca and Madrid derailed. That hit left some wounded. Odriozola, Jovic and also James. That day his situation turned. His gray performance in Son Moix was followed by controversies and injuries that have led him to play only 24 minutes since then … James Rodríguez takes a step forward and another step back at Real Madrid. After returning to the call in the Super Cup and playing 13 minutes in the semifinal against Valencia, Zidane got off the train against Sevilla and was off the list without any medical part in between (he trained normally). The coffee maker It has not just been re-hooked and inhabits the harrow and the bench more than the grass. Meanwhile, his name is pointed on the agenda of several European clubs. Ancelotti continues to sigh to recruit the Colombian for ‘his’ Everton. With him was the best version of James in Real Madri. However, in the white club they rule out in January. After the reverse of Mallorca, Zidane only gave him 11 minutes against Galatasaray. Then came the trip to his country for his fatherhood and an injury (of which there was no medical part of the club) prevented him from playing against Leganes, Betis, Galatasaray and Eibar. The controversy flew over James in the last FIFA stop, where he went to Colombia without having worked with the group yet. Zidane was surprised when asked by James (and Bale) before the game against Mendilibar: “They have no injury, but they are not available. It is not a technical decision, they still do not train with the team and then they cannot play tomorrow.” The player traveled with his team. In the first training he worked without problems; Two days later, on November 14, he suffered an injury to the internal ligament of the knee that had more than a month in the infirmary. He was discharged on December 19, but Zidane left him out against Athletic (he only had three training sessions) and against Getafe (technical decision).Madrid changed a lot while James was down and now he has to row upriver to find a hole in the middle. Valverde exploded and became indispensable, Kroos rejuvenated, Modric regained vigor and Isco ended up being rescued by Zidane. Much competition has that of Cúcuta. Zizou He did take it to Arabia to play the Super Cup although he only gave it 13 minutes. Back to LaLiga, and despite having trained all week, James lost ground again and stayed off the list against Sevilla. The coffee maker does not leave the tail box: he is the 19th player in the squad in minutes (465 ’, 18.6%).