It feels like Bayern Munich fans just received the horrible news that ace defender Lucas Hernandez would miss the rest of this season with a knee injury, doesn’t it?
Now, though, the Frenchman is back — running (!?) — on the pitch and working to rehab his injury (FCBayern.com):
Lucas Hernández emerged from the changing room at FC Bayern’s Säbener Straße training ground with a smile on his face on Thursday morning. Just hours after his teammates had sealed a place in the Champions League quarterfinals against Paris Saint-Germain, there was also good news from the 27-year-old defender. For the first time since suffering a cruciate ligament tear in his right knee during France’s World Cup match against Australia on November 22nd, Hernández was able to complete a running session on the pitch again.
Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenberg captured video of Hernandez’s outdoor exploits:
News #Hernandez: Back on the pitch after his ACL! @SkySportDE pic.twitter.com/46zna1FyLV— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 9, 2023
Bild also captured a photo of Hernandez:
Tolle Nachrichten von der Säbener Straße: @LucasHernandez ist wieder im Lauftraining! Erstmals nach seinem Kreuzbandriss bei der WM vor dreieinhalb Monaten @FCBayern #FCBayern #FCB pic.twitter.com/dSIpXnqnND— BILD FC Bayern (@BILD_Bayern) March 9, 2023
Great news from Säbener Straße: @LucasHernandez is back in running training! For the first time after tearing his cruciate ligament at the World Cup three and a half months ago @FCBayern #FCBayern #FCB
With Hernandez’s contract also nearing its end, some fans are getting antsy about the defender’s future. According to kicker journalist Georg Holzner, those worries can be put to rest:
❗️Eine Vertragsverlängerung mit Lucas #Hernandez soll nach @kicker-Informationen auch ein Zeichen sein, dass verletzte Spieler beim @FCBayern nicht hängengelassen werden. Die Gespräche mit dem Franzosen laufen und eine Einigung soll bald erzielt werden. #fcbayern— Georg Holzner (@georg_holzner) March 9, 2023
According to @kicker information, a contract extension with Lucas #Hernandez should also be a sign that injured players are not left hanging at @FCBayern. Talks are ongoing with the Frenchman and an agreement is expected to be reached soon. #fcbayern
As we saw on Wednesday, Bayern Munich is reportedly getting close to a contract extension with Hernandez, which would give the club a solid three center-backs for next season, plus the potential that Benjamin Pavard could also re-up and make it a quartet.