Zinedine Zidane on Friday sad that Gareth Bale and Jamez Rodríguez were "not injured" but were also not available to play in Real Madrid's match against Eibar.
Bale and James were called up for international duty but have yet to return to the squad.
"They aren't injured, but they're not available to play, they're out on the training ground."
He said they were getting ready to join up with their national teams, Wales and Colombia respectively, and then the club would see what happens six or so days later.
Real Madrid play 14th place Eibar away on Saturday.
Rumors have been swirling in the Spanish press about Zidane's relationship with Bale and James and most press conferences with the French manager invariably return to the topic.
Real Madrid demolished Turkish side Galatasaray 6-0 in the Champions League earlier in the week, with young player Rodrygo scoring a hattrick. EFE-EPA