Manchester City star ruled out for rest of the Copa America with injury

According to a report from the Manchester Evening News, Manchester City midfielder Yangel Herrera will miss the rest of the Copa America after sustaining injury.

Yangel Herrera, 23, missed Venezuela’s first game of the Copa America tournament against Brazil, but he made his return in the second game against Colombia as a substitute after the interval. That’s when the defensive midfielder suffered a minor fracture to his right tibia, as Venezuela and Colombia played out a goalless draw in a Group A encounter in Guyana on Thursday.

Herrera’s injury comes as a fresh blow to Jose Peseiro’s side that has already been majorly hampered by a Covid-19 outbreak.

A dramatic 2-2 draw with Ecuador on Monday, with Ronald Hernandez scoring the stoppage-time equaliser, leaves Jose Peseiro’s Venezuela fourth in Group A standings.

Back to Yangel Herrera, he is one of the several players Manchester City are expected to sell this summer.

The 23-year-old defensive midfielder is yet to feature for Manchester City after joining from Atletico Venezuela in January 2017. He has since been farmed out on loan to New York City, Huesca, and Granada.

The Venezuelan international returned to City earlier this summer after impressing on a two-year loan spell with Granada in LaLiga. He made 62 appearances in the last two LaLiga campaigns combined, impressing with his passing, tough-tackling, and eye for goal for Granada.

Now, a much-improved and more rounded midfielder, Herrera staying at City next season isn’t completely written off yet, the Manchester Evening News claim.

However, with Fernandinho close to extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium for one more season and the Sky Blues keen on signing Aston Villa ace Jack Grealish, the Venezuelan is likely to find it difficult to break into Pep Guardiola’s starting XI due to stiff competition in the midfield department.

Manchester City will not stand in Herrera’s way should any club match his £20m price tag, as the English champions aim to raise funds to address a couple of their key areas in the squad, the report concludes.

As things stand, Guardiola and City can only hope that the holding midfielder’s latest injury on international duty isn’t a serious one that prevents them from selling him during the summer transfer window.