According to Sky, via AZ, Bayern Munich’s defensive stalwart Lucas Hernandez is set to stay on, train and play with the French national team over this international break. The World Cup winner has been examined by doctors at the French federation and their results have obviously declared that the Frenchman is fit and healthy. This is the complete opposite of the findings by Bayern Munich’s medical staff, after Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly expressed his disdain for the decision by the French and their coach Didier Deschamps to call Hernandez up.
Hernandez has missed both of Bayern’s previous games after succumbing to pain in his knee against Paderborn. This is the same knee that received an operation due to ligament damage he sustained at Athletico Madrid. Therefore, it’s puzzling to see the French federation insisting that Hernandez must not only be examined by them, but now train and even play for France — especially considering the wealth of talent they have available and their interest in keeping Hernandez injury-free.
Even more puzzling is how the Bayern and French medical camps diagnosed Hernandez so differently. Given that both departments are sure to be at the top level and that Bayern were so adamant that Hernandez is not fully fit, this is sure to create tension between Bayern and the French national team. A tension which would be further increased if Hernandez seriously re-injures himself.
However, Benjamin Pavard’s recent talk about his compatriot should make Bayern fans feel happier in regards to the situation. The RB/CB reinforced the notion that the French federation were sure Hernandez was fit to play and told the press that Hernandez himself was happy to play:
If he’s there, it’s because he’s fit. Bayern didn’t want to take any risk. He tells me everything’s going well. Besides that, what happens between Bayern and the French team isn’t my problem