Didier Deschamps didn’t need it. While he must announce his squad for the Nations League games against Austria and Denmark on September 22 and 25 on Thursday, the Blues coach will have to do without Lucas Hernandez.
Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez will be out for “several weeks” with a torn adductor muscle in Tuesday night’s 2-0 Champions League win over FC Barcelona, the Bavarian club announced on Wednesday.
Benjamin Pavard, the victim of a thigh crutch, had to leave the pitch in the 21st minute, Dayot Upamecano was hit in the knee. Deschamps has already had to do without Presnel Kimpembe in the defensive sector following the Parisian’s injury in the league last Saturday, while the World Cup in Qatar kicks off in just over two months (November 20-December 18).
A well-stocked infirmary
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Bayern striker Kingsley Coman, still in hospital, are out of the next two Nations League games, as is likely to be Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kanté. Real Madrid centre-forward Karim Benzema is doubtful.