Bayern Munich: Lucas Hernandez sweating over fitness in Euro 2020

Lucas Hernandez, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
Lucas Hernandez, FC Bayern Munich. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) /

Euro 2020 is set to enter the knockout phase on Saturday. Bayern Munich has numerous players in this round. It remains to be seen whether all players from Die Roten play in the round of 16 as Lucas Hernandez is facing a race against time to be fit for France’s game against Switzerland.

Hernandez had started against Portugal in the final group game on Wednesday. After playing one half, Hernandez was substituted due to a knee injury. RMC in France reported on Thursday that Hernandez’s injury is not serious after multiple scans took place. However, it remains unclear if he will be able to play against Switzerland.

The former Atletico Madrid defender has been a key player for France in the last four years. He started in the left-back position for France in the two group games of Euro 2020. In the second game against Hungary, Lucas Hernandez was rested for Lucas Digne. The left-back from Everton is favourite to start against Switzerland due to Hernandez’s injury.

Lucas Hernandez has been unfortunate with injuries in the past couple of years. He got more than decent playing time in Bavaria last season, but his role in the team is going to be even bigger next season due to the departures of David Alaba and Jerome Boateng. Rekordmeister will be hoping that Lucas Hernandez recovers soon and comes back to Munich without any injury.

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On the other hand, injury concerns for Bayern’s German players are easing. Jamal Musiala featured against Hungary, while Leon Goretzka scored the all-important equaliser in the same game. Niklas Sule is fit to be on the bench as he waits for his opportunity.

Thomas Muller was doubtful for the game against Hungary. Low handed him few minutes after he started the previous two group stage games. All six German players, including Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer, are fit for the clash against England at Wembley Stadium next week. All of them will have to be at their best to beat England next week.

Robert Lewandowski ended his Euro 2020 campaign with two goals. However, his brace was not enough for Poland to get through the next round. The Polish striker will get a longer break before joining up pre-season training under Julian Nagelsmann.

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Die Roten will be hoping that other remaining players in Euro 2020 don’t pick up injuries in the next few runs. The German Champions have a tight budget summer due to the pandemic, so getting a player to stay on the sidelines for a longer time will alter the club’s summer plans.