MADRID, 23 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Defender Lucas Hernandez will not be able to play for the remainder of the World Cup in Qatar after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during France's debut against Australia on Tuesday.
"Victim of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Bayern Munich defender will have to resign from the World Cup," the French Football Federation (FFF) reported on Wednesday, indicating that the MRI to which the Bayern Munich player underwent Bayern after the crash confirmed the first diagnosis after the incident.
Lucas Hernandez was accidentally injured in the play that led to Australia's first goal and was unable to continue playing with visible grimaces. The former Atlético de Madrid soccer player will now face a long period of absence and may not play again for the remainder of the season.
"Like the whole group, players and coaching staff, I am very sorry for Lucas. We are losing an important element, but Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt that he will do everything possible to return. On behalf of the group, I would like to I wish the best possible recovery", said Didier Deschamps, France coach.
The coach thus loses another player from his initial call-up and one of the key pieces of the 2018 world title. The 'Bleus' already had to drop center-back Presnel Kimpembe, who could not recover in time from his injury, and the forwards Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema, who were injured during previous training sessions. Also, midfielders N'Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba were injured before the World Cup.