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Schröder to miss several weeks due to thumb surgery

Dennis Schröder of the Los Angeles Lakers will miss the first three to four weeks of the NBA season due to surgery on his hand.

The surgery was necessary to fix a ligament injury in his right thumb, the Lakers announced Monday (local time).

The injury was sustained by Dennis Schröder in the test game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, his comeback in the jersey of the NBA record champion. The national player had already played for the Lakers in the 2020/2021 season and most recently signed a one-season contract.

The Lakers begin the season on Wednesday night with an away game at the defending champions Golden State Warriors. Schröder is likely to miss up to 12 NBA games between now and mid-November, in addition to Friday night’s home game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Moritz Wagner not in the squad

Indeed, Schröder’s national teammate Moritz Wagner will also miss the start of the season. The Orlando Magic’s roster, released the day before the season opener, shows that Franz Wagner’s brother, four years his senior, is listed as an inactive player for now

The 25-year-old injured his ankle in Friday’s test match against the Cleveland Cavaliers and was unable to finish the game. The Magic have their opening game on Thursday night against the Detroit Pistons (1.00 am CEST).

From Germany, Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic), Dennis Schröder (Los Angeles Lakers), Daniel Theis (Indiana Pacers), Maxi Kleber (Dallas Mavericks) and Isaiah Hartenstein (New York Knicks) have a squad spot with one of the 30 teams.

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