Bayern’s Hernandez returns to training for France World Cup


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Munich (Germany) (AFP) – Bayern Munich right-back Lucas Hernandez returned to training on Monday after a long injury absence in a boost to France ahead of next month’s World Cup.

Hernandez, 26, suffered a groin injury in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Barcelona in mid-September.

His return to training is timely for French coach Didier Deschamps who will reveal his World Cup squad on November 9.

Bayern face Inter Milan in an inconsequential Champions League exit with Julian Nagelsmann’s side already assured top spot in their group.

The Bayern coach told a post-training press conference that Hernandez would not take part in Tuesday’s meeting with Inter.

But the Frenchman will have three more chances to perfect his fitness in league matches against Hertha Berlin, Werder Bremen and Schalke before the Bundesliga closes ahead of the start of the World Cup on November 20 in Qatar.

World champions France open the defense of their crown won in Russia in 2018 against Australia on November 22, followed by Denmark four days later with last-ditch Group D rivals Tunisia on November 30.

Nagelsmann had positive news to pass on to German fans worried about the well-being of national and club captain Manuel Neuer, who has been sidelined with a shoulder problem since October 8.

“The country can sleep peacefully tonight,” he smiled, suggesting the goalkeeper was in line to return this weekend, less than three weeks before Germany face Japan in their World Cup opening game.

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Richard V. Johnson