Wizards' John Wall needs Achilles surgery; out another year

Silvia Morton
February 14, 2019

Wall, 28, had left heel surgery days into the new year after consulting with a foot specialist.

Wall was recovering from heel surgery he underwent in December and had an infection on the initial incision from the procedure. He suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home.

On Tuesday, the Washington Wizards announced John Wall has had surgery to fix a ruptured Achilles' tendon.

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Wall, 28, was already out for the rest of this season after undergoing surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel on January 8.

Wall was diagnosed when a team doctor performed a procedure to clean out an infection. The five-time All-Star was wearing a boot on his left foot and using a scooter to get around. Wall was already due to miss the rest of this season after heel surgery. Wall also had surgery on both knees in 2016. And Achilles injuries are known to be hard to return from at all, let alone do so at the skill level held prior. However, those talks apparently dissipated quickly, especially in the case of John Wall whose contract isn't the most franchise-friendly with this season marking the first of his $170 max extension. It increases to a $46.9 million option in the fourth year. The Wizards (22-31) are 10th in the Eastern Conference as of Tuesday's surgery announcement.

In 2018, Wall opted for left heel surgery this past December, thus being ruled out for the rest of the 2018-19 season, and now his latest setback in inuring his left Achilles, Wall has played a total of 541 out of 656 games in his eight year career and only played all 82 regular season games once in his eight-year career back in 2013-14, his fourth in the National Basketball Association.

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