Wizards star John Wall ruptures Achilles after falling in his home

Wizards star John Wall ruptures Achilles after falling in his home

Wall, whose game is built around his speed and ability to drive to the basket, is expected to be able to return to what the team called "full basketball activities" about a year after that operation.

The five-time All-Star ruptured his left achilles tendon during the fall.

One of the reasons Wall opted to undergo season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs from his left heel was to hopefully avoid a more serious injury. It was diagnosed during a procedure to clear out an infection in the incision from his heel surgery January 8.

Wall underwent an initial surgery upon the tendon last month aimed at preventing a tear and was to miss six to eight months as a result after being ruled out for the season December 29. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc.

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Per the team, he developed an infection in the incision. Douoguih estimated the recovery range for Wall's injury, "at John's age", to be from 11 to 15 months.

Back in 2017, the All-Star point guard signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension that is set to kick in next season.

The Wizards are now 22-31, 3.0 games back from the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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.