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

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 14, 2019

The new injury will require another yet-to-be-scheduled surgery, which will be done by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay.

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.

The five-time All-Star ruptured his left achilles tendon during the fall. He's missed more than 70 games due to knee injuries.

The rupture was discovered when Wall had a procedure to have his infection cleaned out.

"If I don't want to deal with the pain or make it any worse and have an opportunity to maybe rupture my whole Achilles later down the road, you get the surgery and take it out", Wall told the Washington Post in late December. He also had surgery on both knees before the 2016-17 season.

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To make matters worse, this is how he suffered the injury.

Wall is expected to return to full basketball activities in 12 months, putting him at a return near the 2019-20 All-Star weekend if all goes according to plan. And Achilles injuries are known to be hard to return from at all, let alone do so at the skill level held prior.

Wall played in 32 of Washington's games this season, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists even while dealing with the heel pain - which has been an issue for him many times over the past two to three years.

Mostly, though, the first year of Wall's four-year maximum contract extension kicks in next season. The Wizards (22-31) are 10th in the Eastern Conference as of Tuesday's surgery announcement.

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