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Lucas Hernandez ‘considered stopping career’ after suffering ACL injury in France’s World Cup opener

Marcus Chan

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Lucas Hernandez ‘considered stopping career’ after suffering ACL injury in France’s World Cup opener

Bayern Munich’s France international left-back Lucas Hernandez would have considered calling time on his career at just 26 years of age.

Hernandez was named in Didier Deschamps’ 26-man France squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and was picked to start their defence of the trophy against Australia.

However, after just 13 minutes, Hernandez’s World Cup dream turned into an utter nightmare as an injury forced him to be replaced by his brother, Theo.

France went on to win the match 4-1 thanks to goals by Olivier Giroud, Adrien Rabiot and Kylian Mbappe.

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Speaking after the match, Deschamps spoke about Hernandez’s injury, he said: “We’ll see after the tests but it seems rather serious to me.”

It has since been confirmed that Hernandez has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be out of action for a long while.

“I am extremely sorry for Lucas,” said Deschamps.

“We are losing an important element. Lucas is a warrior and I have no doubt he will do everything possible to return to the game.

“On behalf of the group, I wish him the best possible recovery.”

According to French news outlet L’Equipe, Hernandez would have considered stopping his career at just 26 years old after the injury against Australia. However, it was his mother who managed to persuade him to carry on.

Image Credit: Alamy
Image Credit: Alamy

Hernandez’s brother, Theo also showed his support as he tweeted: “Hang in there my brother. Stronger than ever before.”

Both Lucas and Theo Hernandez have previously spoken about the pride in their family after both players were named in the France World Cup squad.

Lucas said: “We couldn’t have dreamed of this as children. It is exceptional, incredible. What a moment for the whole family.”

Whilst Theo added: “It’s an honour to be here with my brother. My mum, my grandfather and the whole family are very happy.”

Although Lucas’ tournament came to a premature end, Theo made a good impression and will look to continue his good form for the remainder of the World Cup.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: France, Football World Cup, Australia

Marcus Chan
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