Bayern Munich defensive crisis deepens with Lucas Hernandez out after partial tear of ankle ligaments
- Lucas Hernandez went down during 3-2 win and left the stadium on crutches
- Bayern Munich defender is now set for unspecified amount of time on sidelines
- Nico Kovac is already without centre-back Niklas Sule after torn ligaments
- German champions have conceded two goals in each of their last five games
Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez is set for an extended time out injured after partially tearing ankle ligaments in their 3-2 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The France international went down without a challenge in the 58th minute and had to be helped off the pitch, leaving the stadium on crutches.
He joined Niklas Sule on the club’s injury list after his fellow defender tore cruciate ligaments on Saturday and will be out for several months.
Lucas Hernandez suffered a partial tear of his ankle ligaments against Olympiakos
‘Bayern will be without Lucas Hernandez for the coming period,’ the club said in a statement on Wednesday. ‘He sustained a partial tear of a ligament in his right ankle.’
Bayern did not say how long he would be out but his and Suele’s injuries could not have come at a worse time, with Bayern leaking goals this season.
They have conceded two goals in each of their last five games and have dropped to third in the Bundesliga after winning just one of their last three league matches.
Hernandez had to be helped from the pitch on Tuesday night during the 3-2 victory
There was some good news for the Bavarians, who face Union Berlin in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Defensive midfielder Javi Martinez, who was taken off at halftime, was diagnosed with only a small muscle problem while winger Serge Gnabry is nursing a minor knock to his knee.
‘Both will train in specific dosages in the coming days,’ Bayern said.