Even though sources within Real Madrid were optimistic about James' calf injury after Saturday's match against Celta, the Colombian playmaker might finally be sidelined for the FIFA Club World Cup. He will undergo tests on his calf this Monday, and a proper diagnose will then be released.
Real Madrid see this as an opportunity to have him completely recovered and ready for January's tough and busy schedule. It should be noted that Los Blancos will visit Valencia in early January while they will also host Sevilla during February's first weekend. Furthermore, Ancelotti's men will have a tough Copa del Rey tie against Atletico de Madrid in January, and if they manage to go through, they'll face Barcelona in a month that could be crucial for Real Madrid's title hopes in La Liga and the Spanish Copa del Rey.
Therefore, it could make sense to let James' calf heal, as Real Madrid should not desperately need him for the FIFA Club World Cup.