Lucas Hernandez will miss France’s training camp on Thursday after suffering a sprained right knee against Australia on Tuesday night.
Hernandez was forced off shortly after Craig Goodwin put Australia ahead in the ninth minute, and was replaced in the 27th minute by his brother Theo to assist Adrien Rabiot.
The Bayern Munich defender will not have surgery in Qatar, so he will miss France’s training camp before having to wait a few days for surgery, putting him out of action for an extended period of time.
Deschamps could not replace the defender because the deadline for returning injured players passed on Monday night, leaving Les Bleus with a squad of 24 players.
He went to France with 25 players, and Hernández’s injury reduced Deschamps’ squad.
Central midfielders Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante were not enough to make France’s first 26-man squad.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Presnel Kimpembe removed from the injury he sustained last Monday and was replaced by Monaco’s Axel Disasi.
Two days later, Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku was released and replaced by Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani.
This season, Lucas Hernandez has been an important player for Die Roten. He excelled in central defense under Julian Nagelsmann and was a regular starter until the end of September. Hernandez missed the World Cup due to an adductor injury that kept him out for six weeks.
Lucas Hernandez Injury
If the joint is torn, Hernandez will need six to eight months to recover. The French defender will be able to resume training immediately when pre-season begins. Hernández has experienced several setbacks with injuries, but this will be more painful because it comes in the opening game of the World Cup.
Due to the injury of Lucas Hernández, it is very likely that Bayern Munich will enter the transfer market. In the ruck, the first choice center-back pairing will be Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano, with Benjamin Pavard providing cover.
Hernandez had to leave the French camp to repair his injured ankle. Bayern have yet to make an official statement as preliminary investigations have not been completed, but France coach Didier Deschamps said the injury was serious.