The World Cup threatens to completely derail Bayern’s season.
Bayern Munich says that Lucas Hernandez tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will be out for a few months. In the opening minutes of France’s World Cup match against Australia, the Frenchman was injured and had to be replaced by his brother Theo. Now, Lucas must undergo surgery, followed by months of recovery and rehabilitation. His continued participation in the 2022–23 season can be ruled out despite the fact that it has not been specifically mentioned.
After yesterday’s reports of Leroy Sane’s knee injury, Lucas is the second Bayern player to suffer a knee injury while on World Cup duty. While his salary will be reimbursed by FIFA, Julian Nagelsmann will now have to plan a season without Lucas, who filled the roles of backup right-back and first-choice center-back.
After this setback, the upcoming Champions League match against Paris Saint-Germain in February appears much more challenging. Bayern Munich will not make any winter signings to compensate for Lucas’s departure.
Borna Sosa, a left back for Stuttgart, could have been a possibility, but Bayern have never been big on making transfers in the winter. It appears that Alphonso Davies and Josip Stanisic will provide depth at left-back for the time being, while Benjamin Pavard will be added to the rotation at center-back. Now, if something bad were to happen to these players, Brazzo might have to change his mind. Defending against Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar without any defenders would be impossible.