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Lucas Hernandez forfeited after 13 minutes of play, the carnage continues

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Europe 1 with AFP
06:27, November 23, 2022

Defender Lucas Hernandez was injured on Tuesday in the Blues’ first match at the Qatari World Cup. Hit in the knee in the 13th minute, he was replaced at short notice by his brother Théo Hernandez. It is a real carnage that the French team is undergoing, which has already had to deal with numerous injury packages.

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Defender and reigning world champion Lucas Hernandez, injured in his knee on Tuesday against Australia, is forced to forfeit for the rest of the World Cup, AFP learned from sources close to the France team. Affected in the cruciate ligaments of the right knee, according to one of the sources, 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.

Holder of the left-back position in the first match won against the “Socceroos” (4-1), Lucas Hernandez injured his right knee on his own while trying to counter a ball and had to be replaced by his younger brother Theo from the start. 13th minute. The 2018 world champion with the Blues injured his adductors on September 13 and returned to competition on November 5. “We are waiting for further examinations even if I think it will unfortunately be quite serious,” lamented Didier Deschamps.

“I will find other solutions” says Deschamps

In his group, the coach does not have 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,” Deschamps said at a press conference. “If we want to be quiet in all positions, we should take 33 players! Theo is there, then there will be other alternatives.”

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The France team 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 the Ballon d ‘Or Karim Benzema, injured last Saturday in training. “Honestly, it’s starting to do a lot,” cursed captain Hugo Lloris to the media after the match. “We immediately feel that there is something serious. It’s a new blow but we must continue to move forward, look ahead. It must weld us even more.”

Source: Europe1

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