Wall to miss 12 months with ruptured Achilles after slipping at home

Ross Houston
February 14, 2019

Wizards point guard John Wall tore his left Achilles tendon in a fall at his home and could be sidelined up to 12 months following upcoming surgery, the team has announced.

Wall had reportedly developed an infection in his incision from his initial Achilles surgery on January 8 after suffering the rupture from slipping and falling in his home. He suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home. The Wizards' Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih diagnosed the rupture during the procedure to clean out the infection.

John Wall was looking at being out for 6-8 months after undergoing heel surgery last month after discovering that he had a genetic defect in his foot that affected his Achilles tendon.

Dr. Robert Anderson of Green Bay, Wisc., will perform the surgery to fix the torn Achilles, but no date has been scheduled for the procedure.

They're only three games back of the final playoff spot in the East though, despite John Wall not playing since just after Christmas due to a left heel issue that required season-ending surgery. The devastating news means the five-time All-Star will likely miss a significant portion of the 2019-20 season in addition to being sidelined for the remainder of this season. And Achilles injuries are known to be hard to return from at all, let alone do so at the skill level held prior.

In 32 games this season, Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists. At 22-31, the Wizards are now 10th in the East.

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