Bundesliga News: Hernandez underwent successful surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at the opening of the World Cup

    Lucas Hernandez successfully underwent surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the first match of the World Cup against Australia in a 4-1 win.

    Hernandez’s club Bayern confirmed that he underwent surgery in Innsbruck on Thursday, with his rehabilitation to begin in Munich in the coming days.

    The defender was ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup with an injury that forced him to be substituted after only 13 minutes.

    Bayern have not given a timeline for Hernandez’s recovery, but he is expected to miss the remainder of the 2022/23 season.

    Hernandez is the latest injury blow for the world champions who have seen Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema and Christopher Nkunku ruled out before the tournament.

    France head coach Didier Deschamps said after Tuesday’s game: “Like the whole team, players and staff, I feel very 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 get back into the game.

    “I know him well. Courage, he will have it, that’s for sure. On behalf of the group, I wish him the best in his recovery.”

    Hernandez has made 11 appearances for Bayern this season, including 10 as a starter, having missed six weeks with an adductor injury in September.

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