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Rui Hachimura, Moritz Wagner not expected to return to Wizards until at least mid-January

Hachimura is out due to a groin injury and Wagner is out due to an ankle injury. They have already been out for multiple weeks and they won’t be coming back in the immediate future.

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Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner had strong starts for the Washington Wizards but won’t be back with the team until at least mid-January.
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On Tuesday, Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks announced that forward Rui Hachimura will sit out about a couple weeks after the team’s practice in Congress Heights. Hachimura has been out since a groin injury he suffered in the Wizards’ game on Dec. 16. More specifically, Hachimura was inadvertently kicked in the groin by teammate Issac Bonga.

You can watch Brooks’ remarks below.

In addition, Brooks mentioned that Hachimura was in Washington throughout the last couple weeks and will still be with the team. That said, he hasn’t been seen in public much lately since the team was on a long road trip.

Furthermore, Brooks mentioned that he told Hachimura will have a 15-year career, so missing a month of his rookie season “isn’t a big deal.”

And if all that weren’t enough, Moritz Wagner is out for at least three more weeks due to an ankle injury, which Brooks mentioned at the 6:40 mark of the video above. More specifically, Wagner will remain in a walking boot for at least one more week and not be cleared to play for at least a couple weeks after the boot comes off.

The Wizards’ injury woes remain severe in the frontcourt. Thomas Bryant is still out due to a stress reaction in his foot, forcing Ian Mahinmi to start and the team to sign-and-start Johnathan Williams, who was playing in Israel last month.