James to start for Real Madrid against Granada

James Rodriguez playing for Columbia

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has announced that James Rodriguez will make his comeback and start against Granada following a two-month layoff.

James Rodriguez received the medical all-clear to return to action just before the international break, and the Colombian spent said break working on his fitness and getting back to speed ahead of Sunday's La Liga match against Granada.

James underwent surgery to repair a break in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on 5th February and began a two-month intensive recovery process to get back as soon as possible.

Manager Carlo Ancelotti announced in Saturday's pre-match press conference, covered by the club’s official website, that that time had finally come and James would not only play, but would start against Granada.

He said: "He's going to start the game, he's looking good."

James' absence was definitely felt as the team suffered a complete collapse in form without the playmaker and his return, as well as that of Luka Modric two weeks ago, brings an air of renewed promise to a Real Madrid side that are looking for any way to get out of their current funk.

James has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, while providing eight assists, and is looking forward to facing Granada - against who he scored one of the best goals in his young Real Madrid career back in November.

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