Football: Bayern right-back Hernandez's injury adds to France's World Cup worries

Lucas Hernandez celebrates scoring the first goal in Bayern's 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League on Sept 13, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

MUNICH - Bayern Munich right-back Lucas Hernandez will be absent for "several weeks" with a groin injury, the German Bundesliga football club said on Wednesday, adding to French concerns with the World Cup two months away.

Hernandez suffered the injury after heading in the opening goal in Bayern's 2-0 Champions League win against Barcelona on Tuesday.

"A scan has revealed that the 26-year-old Frenchman suffered a muscle tear in his left adductor," Bayern said in a statement.

It means France coach Didier Deschamps must juggle his defensive options for the Nations League games this month, as Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Presnel Kimpembe was ruled out for around six weeks earlier this week with a hamstring problem.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is recovering from knee surgery, while both Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema are also currently sidelined.

France play Austria on Sept 22 and then Denmark three days later in the Nations League games, which act as key warm-ups for the World Cup which kicks off in Qatar on Nov 20. The title holders are drawn with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia in Group D. AFP

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