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Germany had a powerful beginning in the 2023 World Cup on Friday, emerging victorious over Japan with a final score of 81-63.

Nevertheless, the triumph was somewhat overshadowed by an unfortunate incident involving Franz Wagner. He had to exit the game early due to an ankle injury and couldn’t complete the match.

Speaking after the game to reporters, Germany head coach Gordon Herbert said that it “looks like a slight sprained ankle” for Wagner, according to Jason Beede of The Orlando Sentinel (Twitter link).

“We’ll know more after an MRI,” Herbert added.