Héctor Herrera is back; the Atleti, without cases of coronavirus

The Mexican has received authorization from LaLiga to join the group. Simeone recovers the missing player after six positives in recent weeks.


Simeone can count on Héctor Herrera for the match against Villarreal. The Mexican has overcome the coronavirus and has received authorization from LaLiga to rejoin the dynamics of the group on his return to work this afternoon, thanks to the level of antibodies he presented in the last test that was performed on him.

Atlético thus recovers the last of the six positive cases it has suffered in recent weeks. Carrasco and Hermoso were the first to contract the disease, before the team visited Cádiz. João Félix and Dembélé were out after the match against the Andalusians and Lemar and Herrera tested positive before the match against Celta. Gradually they had all returned, missing only Herrera in the matches against Levante and Chelsea. With the return of the Mexican, Atlético will finally have free nursing due to COVID-19, the LaLiga team most punished by the disease.

Herrera had taken a step forward this season to become a key figure in midfield for several months, balancing Simeone's new system from the pivot and giving the team a lot of speed in the game alongside Koke. However, in the year 2021 it has not been able to have continuity. Two muscular injuries weighed him down and together with the disease has meant that he has only been able to play six minutes in Cádiz in the last 12 league games.

El Cholo is pending the physical evolution of Carrasco, Vrsaljko and Giménez and against Villarreal it will be the last game in which he will not be able to count on Trippier. The Englishman ends his suspension on Sunday and could regain his position in the derby against Real Madrid, a loss that has done a lot of damage in the right lane. For his part, Carrasco is recovering from "a post-traumatic injury to the musculature of his left leg" that has prevented him from being in the last two defeats, Vrsaljko from some discomfort that did not allow him to participate against Levante and Chelsea and Giménez suffered a muscle injury against the granota team.

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