On Monday, the Michigan Wolverines announced that true freshman guard Franz Wagner had suffered a wrist injury and was expected to miss the next 4 to 6 weeks. It was disappointing news for Wolverine fans who were excited about what Wagner could offer for Michigan as a newcomer this season.
Michigan announces that Michigan freshman Franz Wagner has suffered a wrist injury and will miss 4-6 weeks. Disappointing news for the Wolverines.— Thomas Beindit (@tbeindit) October 21, 2019
Wagner arrives on campus with hype expectations. He was rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports in the 2019 recruiting class and was anticipated by many to be a starter for the Wolverines this season. He is most well known for being the brother of former Michigan star Moritz Wagner, who led Michigan to the national championship game.
The good news for Michigan is that the timeline could allow Wagner to return for the team’s most difficult non-conference games, including the Battle 4 Atlantis and showdowns with Louisville and Oregon. Unfortunately, it does seem that he will now be out when the Wolverines take on Creighton in early November.
Michigan head coach Juwan Howard said the following in a university release:
“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.”
Either way, it’s disappointing news for Wolverines fans. Everyone certainly wishes him the best moving forward and for a quick recovery.