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John Wall Suffers Ruptured Achilles, Will Have Surgery

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The Wizards guard is now expected to be out at least a full calendar year as he recovers from the setback.

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Things have gone from bad to worse for Washington Wizards guard John Wall. The 28-year-old—already out for the season due to bone spurs—is now expected to be out significantly longer (about 12 months) after rupturing his Achilles tendon following a fall at his home.

The team put out a press release Tuesday confirming the news:

Washington, D.C. – Wizards guard John Wall will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI. Wall is expected to return to full basketball activity in approximately 12 months from the time of the surgery.

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 rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.

Wall averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards this season.

Wall’s massive contract extension goes into effect next season, and he is set to make about $120 million over the next three seasons, with a $46 million player-option for the 2022-23 season.