Real Madrid has recently announced that James Rodriguez and Danilo will not be playing in their game against Espanyol because of injuries picked up while they were on international duty. James Rodriguez is expected to be sidelined for more than two weeks as he picked up a thigh injury during the game between Columbia and Peru, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Danilo also is expected to be sidelined for up to a month after picking up a heel injury during a friendly game between Brazil and Costa Rica which ended in a 1-0 win in favour of the Samba Boys.


In light of the above, Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez has suggested that they should do fewer "insignificant" international games, so that his team do not suffer loss of "key players in key positions" during the course of the season.

With Real Madrid and the manager not being the best of mode because of the loss of De Gea during this transfer window are looking to come back from this Internation break strong and prove their oppositions wrong.


Rafael Benitez insisted that key players should stop being invited by the countries when they are about to play insignificant matches or friendlies and as well as official matches that they are going to win with a score of more than 5 goals difference.

He also said that there is more risk of injury in the international Soccer scene that they are in club soccer. He said that he and his players will be looking to put up extra work and practice and they need an excellent display against their opponent in order not to feel the absence of the both players in their positions.

Real Madrid are away from home this weekend as they visit Espanyol. Reports also have it that both players might not be available at the start of Real Madrid Champions League campaign and potentially the Madrid derby away to Atletico Madrid on October 4.

This is not the first time a coach is complaining about inviting players for international games and getting injured in the process. Should there be a law, so that key players will not leave their clubs to play international friendly matches? 

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