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.
France 4 Australia 1: Giroud equals the scorers record, Rabiot shines and Deschamps’ 4-2-3-1 wins
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