Real Madrid's goal: to recover Isco and fully integrate James
Real Madrid travels to Mallorca with the obligation to win the game before their much-hyped 'Clasico'. Regardless of whether the match against Barcelona is played at the end of October or not, Zidane hopes to continue ahead of a Barcelona that is pushing forward after a weak start.
For the visit to the islands, Los Blancos will have trouble setting up a recognisable midfield. Kroos and Modric are both out and Valverde and Casemiro arrive tired after their long journey due to international commitments.
Therefore, Zidane could pull James and Isco, two old acquaintances in the midfield of Chamartín's team with almost no minutes of play this season. The Malaga native was decisive in Madrid's 2017 LaLiga win, but has been dropped from the line-up after a disappointing campaign last year.
James, back after two years in Germany, also contributed quite a bit in the last LaLiga win.
While the Colombian has already made his mark this season, even scoring a goal, Real Madrid fans are waiting for Isco's return.
So far this season, James has played seven games with Real Madrid, with four starts, 321 minutes of play and a goal and an assist. In 2016-17, the 'cafetero' scored eleven goals and ten assists between all competitions.
As for Isco, the Arroyo de la Miel native has taken part in just three games this campaign, with only one starting position and no goals or assists. His physical problems have slowed him down, and his 103 minutes of play suggests that he will have more opportunities as the season progresses.