We received word that James Rodríguez – along with Karim Benzema, Álvaro Arbeloa, and Pepe – have returned to the training pitch. YES! Madridismo rejoice. What a time to be alive.
On James’ Instagram account, he posted “almost there.” Safe to say we may have shed a couple of tears of joy.
The news comes four days ahead of Madrid’s matchup against Las Palmas on Saturday. Although the Spanish giants have managed to maintain their position at the top of the table during his two-month, ten-game absence (ever since suffering a thigh injury while on international duty), the Colombian crack has been missed. Greatly missed. Check the stats to see for yourself:
- With James, Real Madrid wins a staggering 87 percent of their games. Without him? 62 percent.
- With James, Real Madrid scores an average of 2.8 goals per game. Without him? 2.1.
- Even Madrid’s defense performs better with the creative attacker in the side; they concede 1.1 with James versus 1.3 without him.
Do you remember the last time he featured for Rafa Benítez’s side? 5-0 vs. Real Betis ring any bells? A couple of golazos to boot? Yeah, we can’t wait to have you back, legend.