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Atletico's Herrera injures thigh ahead of Barcelona clash

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group D - Atletico Madrid v Juventus - Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain - September 18, 2019 Atletico Madrid's Hector Herrera celebrates scoring their second goal REUTERS/Susana Vera/Files

(Reuters) - Atletico Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera is set to miss Saturday’s La Liga clash with Barcelona after sustaining a thigh injury.

The 30-year-old sat out Mexico’s friendly against South Korea last week and returned to Spain to undergo tests, where it was confirmed he had suffered an injury to a muscle in the upper leg.

“Herrera returned from the Mexico National Team’s squad due to some discomfort,” Atletico said in a statement.

The club said that after arriving in Madrid he underwent tests that confirmed he had injured the biceps femoris, a muscle in the upper part of the leg.

Atletico will also be without Uruguay forward Luis Suarez, who tested posted for COVID-19 on Monday.

Reporting by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson