France defender Lucas Hernandez out of World Cup with knee injury

France suffered another blow at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with Lucas Hernandez ruled out of the entire tournament after injuring knee ligaments in Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Australia.

Bayern Munich defender Hernandez, 26, limped off the pitch after injuring his knee in a collision with Mathew Leckie.

The Aussie beat Hernandez to the ball and kicked in the cross for Craig Goodwin’s opening goal.

“Like the whole group, players and staff, I am extremely sorry for Lucas,” Deschamps said in a short statement from the French FA confirming Hernandez’s injury.

“We are losing an important player. Lucas is a warrior. know him well and he is a brave player. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best possible recovery.

France recovered from conceding the opening goal to Australia to win their opener 4-1.

Adrien Rabiot put the reigning world champions back in a tie, with Olivier Giroud scoring second.

Kylian Mbappe added the third, with the Paris Saint-Germain creator spinning to set up Giroud’s second and France’s fourth, which saw the AC Milan striker equal Thierry’s all-time record Henry for the national team.

France have lost a host of players in the build-up to the tournament, including key striker Karim Benzema.

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