November 29, 2022

After sustaining a knee injury during Tuesday night’s 4-1 victory over Australia, Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out of France World Cup run.

Didier Deschamps’ side were forced to come from behind as Australia took an early lead in the sixth minute.

However, the reigning World Cup holders went on to dominate the majority of the game with Olivier Giroud netting a double, while Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe also struck.

France were dealt a blow in the 13th minute after Hernandez was forced off with a knee injury.

The Bayern Munich defender was replaced by his younger brother Theo, who plays for AC Milan.

Hernandez subsequently underwent an MRI scan and results have discovered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, which has ruled him out for the rest of France’s tournament in Qatar.

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“Like the whole group, players and staff, I am extremely sorry for Lucas,” Deschamps said.

“We are losing an important element.

“Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt that he will do everything possible to return to the game first plan.

“I know him well, courage, he will have it, that’s for sure. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best possible recovery.”

France play Denmark in their next match in Group D on Friday before facing Tunisia next Wednesday.

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