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Lucas Hernandez tore his cruciate ligament at the 2022 World Cup. The Frenchman underwent a successful operation. Will Bayern Munich extend their contract?

Update from November 25, 3:57 p.m.: Lucas Hernandez is on the up – albeit in small steps. The Frenchman cleared the first hurdle after tearing his cruciate ligament: he underwent a successful operation, as FC Bayern announced on Thursday evening.

The surgery took place in Innsbruck with knee specialist Christian Fink. The defender will start his rehabilitation in Munich in the next few days. As the picture reports, Hernandez can look forward to a vote of confidence from his club. Munich are apparently planning to extend his contract prematurely.

FC Bayern does not want to react to Hernandez shock: “Nothing on the market”

Even before the injury in France’s win against Australia, talks with the player’s management went well. In all likelihood, Hernandez will not be used in the second half of the season, the rehabilitation period for a cruciate ligament rupture is usually six months.

Lucas Hernandez is at the beginning of a long period of suffering. © David Indian song / dpa

FC Bayern will not react to the Hernandez shock on the transfer market, as Hasan Salihamidzic clarified: “Firstly, it would probably be very expensive and secondly, there is nothing on the market.”

Bayern “shocked” by Hernandez injury

Update from November 23, 10:23 am: FC Bayern has reacted to the diagnosis of cruciate ligament rupture in defender Lucas Hernandez. Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic quarrels in a press release: “Of course we are all shocked and very much regret it. But Lucas is a fighter and will come back strong.”

“He will now leave Doha very soon, come to us, then be operated on and start his rehabilitation in Munich. He gets all the support that is possible, “Salihamidzic is further quoted as saying. Noisy sports1 the surgical intervention is to be carried out by knee specialist Christian Fink in Innsbruck.

Lucas Hernandez' bitter day in Qatar: The Bayern star is out for a long time with a cruciate ligament tear.
Lucas Hernandez’ bitter day in Qatar: The Bayern star is out for a long time with a cruciate ligament tear. © IMAGO/Li Ming

He had recently treated Bayern’s top star Sadio Mané, who missed the World Cup with Senegal due to an injury to his fibula head.

FC Bayern: Lucas Hernandez suffers cruciate ligament rupture

Update from November 23, 7:12 a.m.: The fears turned out to be correct: The World Cup is over for Lucas Hernandez. And not only that – as the French announced on Wednesday night, the Bayern star suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee and will also be absent from FC Bayern for a long time.

FC Bayern’s record buy-in, who had been absent for several weeks this season due to a torn muscle in the adductor area, suffered the injury in the 9th minute. “The win is also for him,” said colleague Benjamin Pavard after the French team’s 4-1 win over Australia. “He’s a great colleague, a great player. It’s very sad for him.”

“Like all players and employees, I feel very sorry for Lucas,” said national coach Didier Deschamps. “We lose an important element. Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt he will do anything to come back.”

First report from November 22nd:

Munich/Al-Wakrah – Lucas Hernández and his injuries, it’s a tragic story for the defender of the FC Bayern also at the World Cup 2022 learns its continuation.

the World Cup in Qatar (November 20th to December 18th) was less than ten minutes old for the 26-year-old defender when he had to play his France vs Australia in Group D to be replaced injured again.

Injured at the 2022 World Cup: Lucas Hernández from FC Bayern.
Injured at the 2022 World Cup: Lucas Hernández from FC Bayern. © IMAGO / SNA

Lucas Hernández: Bayern Munich defender injured against Australia

And: It didn’t look good at all for the “problem child”. Bundesliga record champions. When the clear outsider made it 1-0 by Craig Goodwin (9th minute), preparer Mathew let Leckie Hernández stand, who also unluckily buckled in this scene. The Bayern player fell forward in the running duel and immediately grabbed his knee while lying on the ground.

Bitter: Only shortly before the World Cup in the emirate, which is not only controversial because of the debate about the “One Love” bandage, Hernández, after a tricky torn muscle bundle and hard rehab, had the Säbener Strasse in Munich reported fit again. He previously missed a total of ten competitive games Bundesliga-giants.

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Thigh problems, meniscus tear, tendon irritation – the list of his injuries is now long and varied. Already in the summer of 2019, the Frenchman switched to the Isar metropolis for a fee of 80 million euros (!) ailing (internal ligament injury).

Shortly thereafter, a torn ligament in his ankle put him out of action for three months. At the Al-Janoub Stadium in Al-Wakrah near Doha, he had to be escorted into the dressing room by coaches. The FCB professional kept holding his hand in front of his face in frustration and sadness.

Had to get out early injured against Australia: France's Lucas Hernández (Wednesday, FC Bayern).
Had to get out early injured against Australia: France’s Lucas Hernández (Wednesday, FC Bayern). © IMAGO/JB Autissier

France at the 2022 World Cup: a back four with three FC Bayern players

Hernández had started in the French back four as a left-back – together with his Munich colleagues Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard and with Ibrahima Konaté from Liverpool FC. Is the 2022 World Cup already over for the Bayern player? A diagnosis was still pending as of Tuesday evening. (pm/epp/SID)

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