Wizards Likely Remain Big Underdogs; John Wall Out For a Year

Wizards' Wall to have surgery on ruptured left Achilles

Wizards' Wall to have surgery on ruptured left Achilles

The initial surgery, a debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel, was supposed to keep him out six to eight months. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI. The Wizards were already prepared to live out the rest of the season without Wall, who was recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs in his left heel when he suffered the ruptured tendon.

Wall had previously said that one reason he elected to have the season-ending heel surgery in the first place was to avoid suffering a worse injury.

The new injury was discovered when Wizards director of medical services and orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih went in to do a routine procedure to clean out the infection. Wall has inflammation from the infection, which doctors must wait to subside before doing the surgery.

The Wizards are three games outside the playoffs in the Eastern Conference but team owner Ted Leonsis says he expects the team to push for the postseason, despite Wall's absence. Wall also had surgery on both knees in 2016.

"But me knowing John as well as I do, I know he'll overcome this". But it's a doubly huge blow for the Wizards to be without their point guard for longer than initially expected, as Wall will start a four-year, $170 million max contract next season.

Wall played in 32 games during the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 34.5 minutes per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 30.2 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.

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