John Wall ruptures Achilles in fall in home, out 12 months
John Wall suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in an accident in his home and is expected to be out at least 12 months, according to a statement issued by the Washington Wizards.
Surgery will be required to treat Wall’s latest injury, although it has yet to be scheduled. Wall has already undergone season-ending surgery on his left heel due to a separate Achilles injury. Further, the Wizards revealed Tuesday that Wall has also been dealing with setbacks related to the earlier procedure.
Wall had developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on Jan. 8 (a debridement and repair of a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel that was also performed by Dr. Anderson) and he suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home,” the Wizards’ statement reads. “The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.”
The notion that Wall will be out for an additional 12 months casts an already uncertain future for the Wizards into further doubt. With Wall out, the Wizards continued to struggle, having now slipped to 10th in the Eastern Conference with a 22-31 record.
That said, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has been adamant in stating the the team has no inclination to trade its Big Three of Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter. Wall obviously was unlikely to be dealt given his status, but the Wizards reportedly remain resolute and are “not budging” from the stance that Beal or Porter will remain with the team after the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
In 32 games before getting shut down for the season, Wall was averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3.6 rebonds per game.