Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Lucas Hernandez: what is his injury? The big concern of the Blues

The bad luck is always present in the France team. Expected, the first match of the French team in this World Cup this Tuesday, a France – Australia looking like a highly anticipated remake of 2018, started very badly. From the 9th minute of play, after an overflow on the left side of the defense of the Blues, Lucas Hernandez slips on the lawn and seems to have injured his knee quite seriously. On the ground, writhing in pain, the eldest of the Hernandez brothers saw the continuity of the action offer the opener to Craig Goodwin at the far post. Good news or not, Lucas Hernandez did not go out on a stretcher and seemed to be walking fairly normally. Unfortunately, a ligament injury can still allow a player to walk normally…

There is concern among the staff of the Blues who “fear the worst” according to TF1 who gave details of his state of health during the 2nd period, fearing a serious knee injury. His 2022 World Cup could therefore be over and Didier Deschamps no longer has the possibility of replacing a player, FIFA banning him after a team enters the competition. The team of Francealready deprived of Benzema, could therefore finish his World Cup at 24. Unless a return at the end of the competition is possible… Injured during the second match of the Blues in 1998, Christophe Dugarry had thus made his return to the final, entering in play in the 2nd period against Brazil to be the decisive passer on Emmanuel Petit’s final goal… A slight reason for hope for Didier Deschamps and the French team.

Course in Blue

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.

His potential for the World Cup

His career as a player

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.

Who is Lucas Hernandez’s wife?

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 .


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