Defender Miguel Herrera to miss Copa America with injury

The Pachuca defender suffered an ankle injury and won't be able to go to the tournament in Chile.

A left ankle injury has sidelined Pachuca defender Miguel Herrera and will keep him out of June's Copa America.

The 26-year-old was set to join Mexico's squad to contest the South American championship but will be replaced on the roster by Atlas defender Juan Carlos "Topo" Valenzuela.

Herrera played 90 minutes in Pachuca's final match of the season, a defeat against Queretaro that saw Tuzos eliminated from the Liga MX Clausura Liguilla at the semifinal stage. He joined the rest of El Tri at the team's training facility. It isn't clear whether the injury was suffered there or if the defender was carrying it, but a news release stated an MRI found ligament damage.

Mexico's Copa America squad continues preperations for the tournament at the training center and plays Guatemala on May 30 in the first of a series of friendlies the team is using to prepare. A different group of players will prepare for and contest July's CONCACAF Gold Cup.