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John Wall needs more surgery, will miss 12 months

Article Image John Wall Tears Achilles After Slipping and Falling at Home Out for 12 Months Wizards' Wall to have surgery on ruptured left Achilles
Cary Erickson | 14 February, 2019, 09:57

The team announced Tuesday that Wall developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on January 8 (a debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel that was also performed by Anderson). The rupture was discovered during a procedure to clean out an infection that resulted from the original surgery, according to the team.

Dr. Robert Anderson of Green Bay, Wisc., will perform the surgery to fix the torn Achilles, but no date has been scheduled for the procedure. 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.

The 28-year-old Wall's Achilles surgery has not been scheduled yet.

The 6-8 month window would have had Wall returning by September at the latest, giving him plenty of time to contribute to his team. Wall has inflammation from the infection, which doctors must wait to subside before doing the surgery.

Wall's former college team-mate DeMarcus Cousins has weighed in with some advice for the crocked star, after the Golden State Warriors center made his comeback from the same injury earlier this year.

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Wall has had three knee surgeries with his first dating back to September 2002 when he missed the first 33 games of the season.

"I talked to him this morning, actually", Cousins said on Tuesday. "It sucks. It's unfortunate. He's overcome a lot of hard obstacles in his life and prepare to just add this to the list".

In July 2017, Wall signed a four-year, $170 million contract extension through the 2022-23 season.

Wall played in 32 games during the 2018-19 campaign, averaging 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals over 34.5 minutes per game while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor, 30.2 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.