Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

John Wall needs more surgery, will miss 12 months

John Wall needs more surgery, will miss 12 months

The procedure has not yet been scheduled and will be done in Green Bay, Wisconsin, by Dr. Robert Anderson.

Wall was already ruled out for the season in late December, when the team said he would have surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel. 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. Wall is second. Third is Trevor Ariza, traded to Washington mid-season, averaging 15.2 points since joining the squad.

It's a tough break for someone so fast and agile as Wall, who is considered one of the fastest guards in the NBA, but the five-time NBA All-Star has failed to live up to both his draft status and contract due to his history of injury. The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.

Wall was limited to 41 games last season, mostly because of surgery on his left knee.

Wall has suffered wrist, hand, shoulder and quad soreness or injuries. Now, Wall will need another surgery to fix it which will make him miss the next 12 months of action, according to ESPN.

After a 137-129 loss at home against the last-place Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, the Wizards are 22-31 and tied for 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The previous heel injury had an estimated recovery timetable of 6-8 months, which meant Wall would likely be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

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