Franz Wagner out 4-6 weeks with wrist injury
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

Juwan Howards start as the Wolverines’ new head coach will be with a shorthanded team. Michigan revealed in a statement on Monday that true freshman guard Franz Wagner will miss 4-6 weeks due to a non-surgical fracture to his right wrist.

The younger brother of former Wolverine Moritz Wagner, Franz entered with high expectations from coaches, who described him at Media Day as being underrated due to playing in another country.

“While this is an unfortunate situation for Franz, we know he will make his return as soon as he is able,” said Howard. “We have the finest medical staff and trainers at Michigan so we know he is in good hands.”

The Wolverines play their first exhibition game in over a week, on Friday, Nov. 1, taking on Saginaw Valley State. The regular season starts four days later with a meeting against Appalachian State.

The timeline for recovery does not work out too bad for Michigan, given an easier looking slate of early opponents, though it will inhibit Wagner’s opportunity to get accustomed to the college game experience.

A four-week absence would only see him missing games against Appalachian State, Creighton and Elon, returning in time for Houston Baptist. If the recovery takes the full six weeks, it would cut into Michigan’s trip to the Bahamas, facing Iowa State, as well as Alabama or North Carolina.

The Wolverines play a tough stretch in early December, right at the end of a six week absence, facing recent NCAA Tournament opponents Louisville and Oregon, bracketing in conference games against Iowa and Illinois.


 
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