Atletico's Herrera injures thigh ahead of Barcelona clash

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Group A - Lokomotiv Moscow v Atletico Madrid - RZD Arena, Moscow, Russia - November 3, 2020 Atletico Madrid's Hector Herrera in action with Lokomotiv Moscow's Ze Luis Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

(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