Lucas Hernandez has been ruled out of France’s World Cup campaign after suffering a knee injury in Tuesday evening’s 4-1 triumph over Australia.
Didier Deschamps’ team had to come from behind after Australia took an early lead in the sixth minute, but the reigning World Cup champions went on to dominate the remainder of the game, with Olivier Giroud scoring twice and Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe also scoring.
In the 13th minute, Hernandez was pulled out with a knee injury, dealing France a blow. The defender for Bayern Munich was replaced by his younger brother Theo, who plays for AC Milan.
Hernandez subsequently underwent an MRI scan and the results discovered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament, which has ruled him out for the rest of France’s tournament in Qatar.
‘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’ll have it, I’m sure.’ I wish him the best of luck in his recovery on behalf of the entire group.’
France meets Denmark in their next Group D match on Friday before meeting Tunisia the following Wednesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, Tunisia held Denmark to a goalless draw, putting France in the pole position to win the group.
France had multiple injuries before the tournament began, including Mike Maignan, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Presnel Kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku, and Karim Benzema.