After Christopher Nkunku, Karim Benzema, the team of France lost a new player in their World Cup opener against Australia on Tuesday (22 November). Released injured in the 9th minute following an overflow from an Australian player on the right side, also bringing the opener, the Bayern Munich defender quickly screamed in pain, raising fears of a very serious injury.
Just after the meeting, the pessimism of Didier Deschamps raised fears of a package for the rest of the World Cup. Information confirmed overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday after exams. Injured, Lucas Hernandez suffers from a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. “Like the whole group, players and staff, I am extremely sorry for Lucas. 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 will have it, that’s for sure. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best possible recovery, “says Didier Deschamps.
Selected in 2012 in Blue within the France U16 team, Lucas Hernandez joined the France A team for the first time in March 2018, a few months before a 2018 World Cup where he was propelled holder in stride of Benjamin Mendy’s injury. Brilliant in Russia, decisive passer for Benjamin Pavard on the famous goal of the right side against Argentina, Lucas Hernandez has become a part of the Blues. Didier Deschamps prefers him in a left-back role even if he is regularly aligned as a central defender at Bayern Munich. Winner of the 2021 Nations League with the Blues, Lucas Hernandez is playing his second World Cup in Qatar.
Lucas Hernandez was born in Marseille on February 14, 1996 from the union of Laurence Py and the French footballer of Spanish origin Jean-François Hernandez, playing at this time at Olympique de Marseille before being transferred to Spain. The family then moved to Spain when Lucas was 6 years old. He and his younger brother, Theo Hernandez, embrace the same passion for football and are trained at Atlético de Madrid.
After his junior career, he joined the Colchoneros B team for a few weeks before joining the first team in the 2014-2015 season where he also played 13 games with the national under-19 team. Able to evolve as a left-back or central defender, his versatile profile is very popular. The following season, however, he could not yet find a starting place and planned to leave the club, but it retained him.
Thanks to several injuries to defenders, coach Diego Simeone offered him playing time both in the league and in the Champions League. In 2016, he was extended and in 2017 won a starting place in the Madrid squad. At the end of the 2017-2018 season during which he was an integral part of the European campaign, he won the Europa League by beating Olympique de Marseille in the final. A rich year for Lucas Hernandez who was called up to the French first team in March 2018.
The 2018-2019 season, in the wake of the coronation in the World Cup with the Blues, is more difficult for Lucas Hernandez who has a string of injuries. He is however recruited by Bayern Munich for an amount of 80 million euros, an exceptional sum for the transfer of a defender. His first season in the Bundesliga was marred by new injuries, but he still managed to play 25 games, including three in the Champions League, which he won again against a French club, Paris Saint-Germain. He won in 2020-2021 in the most successful club in Germany. Bayern Munich are eliminated from the Champions League by PSG, but win the championship. At the same time, he takes part in seven matches to qualify France for Euro 2021. Unfortunately, the competition has been painful for him. Holder in the first match against Germany, he did not play the next match against Hungary and left at half-time in the third group match against Portugal. He will not play a minute during the French elimination in the 1/8th of the final by Switzerland. After a delicate Euro, Lucas Hernandez gleans the League of Nations with the Blues in October 2021, a tournament which he wins with his brother Theo, also summoned by Didier Deschamps.
Lucas Hernandez lives a passionate love affair with Amelia Ossa Llorente. But, in 2017, the couple, alcoholic, exchange blows. Each receives a month of community service and the Spanish court also sentences them to a six-month prison term. However, Lucas Hernandez and his companion reconcile and are arrested together. A one-year suspended prison sentence is then pronounced against the player for non-compliance with the order of removal. Sentence which will be reduced to six months in December 2019. A few months later, on August 1, 2018, less than a month after the coronation of the World Cup, Amelia Ossa Llorente gives birth to their first child, a boy named Martin .