Atlético de Madrid has suffered two defeats that could have consequences for its aspirations to continue fighting for the Champions League and LaLiga in Spain, which coincide with the absence of Héctor Herrera from Diego Simeone's starting 11.
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Los Colchoneros lost 1-0 to Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinals in midweek and repeated the result on Friday in a surprise result against a Mallorca side that recently changed coach to Javier Aguirre.
Geoffrey Kondogbia was the man in charge of covering for the Mexican, who had been part of a positive streak that extended to six consecutive victories.
Will Herrera be available for the second leg against Manchester City?
Herrera is not ruled out for the second leg against Manchester City. After missing the last three games due to injury, his presence in the second leg of the quarterfinals is not ruled out and his return to the field will be crucial to fight for a place in the semifinals and give Herrera a farewell to Atleti with full honors.
The Mexican suffered a thigh strain, but no rupture, which gives hope. In the last week he has not worked with the group, but he has worked intensely with one date in mind: Wednesday, the second leg against City in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
The Rojiblancos rests today and will return to training on Tuesday, the day of the preview of the match against Manchester City at the Metropolitano.
Herrera to leave Atletico at end of season
Simeone will have plenty of time to think about the ideal replacement for the post-Herrera era starting next season, as the midfielder will leave the club on June 30, at the end of his contract, to play for MLS side Houston.
The former Porto player will begin his adventure in the United States, which has not prevented Simeone from giving him the undisputed starter in recent months whenever injuries have allowed him to be available.