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Real Madrid: James out of Brugge game with knock, Bale rested

After picking up a knock, James has been omitted from Real Madrid's Champion League clash with Club Brugge as a precaution.

Real Madrid: James out of Brugge game with knock, Bale rested
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Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez were surprise absentees when Real Madrid on Monday announced their squad to face Club Brugge in the Champions League (Tuesday, 18:55 CEST).

Bale rested, James left out as precaution 

It is understood that Bale has been left out to allow the Welshman to rest, while James' unexpected exclusion is for fitness reasons.

Having played just 13 minutes of Saturday's LaLiga draw with Atlético Madrid, the Colombian had appeared odds-on to start against Brugge, but AS has been told that he has been omitted from the Group A clash as a precaution after picking up a knock.

James expected to be OK to face Granada

The problem is not considered to be serious - indeed, James was able to complete training with the rest of the first-team squad on Monday - and the 28-year-old is expected to be fully fit for this Saturday's LaLiga week-eight match against Granada.