The call-up of injured Lucas Hernandez has caused lots of fuss between Bayern Munich and the French Federation. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge openly criticized the French Federation for calling up Hernandez, despite that fact that he has been declared injured and unable to play for the upcoming matches by the club doctor.
Now, according to Kicker, Didier Deschamps has responded to Rummenigge’s remarks at a press conference. He showed little sympathy to Bayern’s attitude:
It doesn’t irritate me. I can understand Bayern. They see themselves as in the right and are saying what they want.
Bayern’s management wanted Lucas Hernandez not to travel with his national team because of a stress reaction on his right knee, which was operated on in the spring. The French Federation, however, will examine Lucas by themselves and check if he is or will be fit for the games.
We do not dispute their diagnosis. We are here to examine the current situation and to paint our own picture.
Deschamps also pointed out that France is playing against Iceland on Friday and against Turkey three days later. He is still hopeful that Lucas Hernandez might be available to play for France in the upcoming matches, however unrealistic that seems.