Lucas Hernandez’s World Cup injury was described by Gary Lineker as “very embarrassing” after the left-back tore his anterior cruciate ligament in France’s 4-1 win over Australia.
The 26-year-old landed on his right knee in frustration and was visibly in pain as he made his way through the Al Janoub Stadium. Scans have since revealed that Hernandez has torn his ACL and will be out for some time.
It also means France will miss the World Cup campaign as they try to defend their title after winning the tournament in Russia in 2018. France beat Croatia 4-2 in each game leading up to the final. second world championship.
Lineker, who was on the BBC during France’s win, took to Twitter after it was revealed that Hernández was seriously injured. The former England striker tweeted: “What a shame!” This is in response to Fabrizio Romano announcing that Hernández’s season is also over as the Frenchman’s injuries continue to worsen.
With injuries to Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe, Mike Maignan, and Christopher Nkunku, Hernandez has now joined the list. That poses a challenge for manager Didier Deschamps ahead of Saturday’s second-round match against Denmark.
However, in the post-match press conference, the French manager focused on Hernández’s serious injury. Deschamps, manager of Les Blaise since 2017, admitted that he was missing a “vital element” from the strength of his squad.
“My heart goes out to Lucas, as well as the rest of the team, players, and staff.” We are missing an important component. Lucas is a fighter and I have no doubt he will go to any lengths to get back into the game.
“First, I’m familiar with him. He will be brave, I’m sure. I wish him the best of luck on behalf of the whole team.”
Hernandez’s brother Theo reacted to the news on his Instagram account but was more interested in the French victory. “Congratulations to the team and thanks to everyone involved @equipedefrance,” he added. “Thank you, get well soon, brother.”
Australia took a surprise lead in the match thanks to a superb solo effort from Craig Goodwin. However, their efforts were thwarted as France scored twice in five minutes through Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud. Kylian Mbappe added a third as Les Bleus scored their first goal of the tournament to get France off to a strong start in Qatar as Giroud completed a hat-trick.