France defender Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup 2022 after he suffered a knee injury during the defending champion’s 4-1 win over Australia on Tuesday night.
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Hernandez limped out of the pitch just after Australia scored a goal in the ninth minute of the match. He was substituted by his brother Theo Hernandez.
“The doctors of the French national team have informed us that Hernandez has torn the cruciate ligament in his right knee,” stated Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “We are obviously all shocked and are very sorry. But Lucas is a fighter and will come back strong.”
Bayern Munich also said Hernandez will return to Munich to complete his rehabilitation.
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“He will soon leave Doha, come to us and then have an operation and complete his rehabilitation in Munich. He’ll receive all possible support,” added Salihamidzic.
Lucas’ injury is the latest blow to France’s title defence in Qatar 2022. Coach Didier Deschamps lost his star forward Karim Benzema, Ballon d’Or winner, even before the tournament started after he picked up a thigh injury last week.
Deschamps is also missing Paul Pogba, Christopher Nkunku, N’Golo Kante and Presnel Kimpembe, who were instrumental to France’s World Cup win in Russia in 2018.