The France team has confirmed the rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee of Lucas Hernandez.
The defender and defending world champion, Lucas Hernandez, injured on Tuesday against Australia during the first match of the Blues at the World Cup-2022, suffered a rupture of a ligament in the right knee, the French Football Federation announced on Wednesday.
Lucas Hernandez had an MRI in Doha in the evening which “unfortunately confirmed the clinical diagnosis: a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee“, Indicates the FFF in its press release.
The 26-year-old Bayern Munich player cannot be replaced in the group of Didier Deschamps, coach of the Blues, who will have to play the rest of the World Cup with a group of twenty-four players. He should be out of the field for several months.
Holder of the left-back position in the first match won against the “Socceroos(4-1), Lucas Hernandez injured himself, trying to counter a ball on the action which brought the Australian goal and had to be replaced by his younger brother, Theo, in the 13th minute.
The 2018 world champion with the Blues injured his adductors on September 13 and returned to competition on November 5.
In the group of players he has selected, Deschamps has no other left backs than Théo, a 25-year-old player with a more attacking profile than his elder.
“I will find other solutions compared to Lucas“, he declared in a press conference Tuesday after the match. “If we want to be quiet in all positions, we should take 33 players! Theo is there, then there will be other alternatives.»
The France team, which can qualify for the round of 16 on Saturday against Denmark, has been hit by a cascade of injuries since the start of the season: midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté, goalkeeper N.2 Mike Maignan, defender Presnel Kimpembe, striker Christopher Nkunku and Ballon d’Or Karim Benzema, injured last Saturday in training, before Hernandez, so during the first game of the Blues.
“Honestly, it’s starting to really do a lot“, plagued captain Hugo Lloris in front of the media after the match. “We immediately feel that there is something serious. It’s a new blow but we have to keep moving forward, look ahead. It must weld us even more.»