Washington Wizards star John Wall will miss approximately the next 12 months with a ruptured left Achilles tendon after “slipping and falling” in his home, the team said in a news release on Tuesday.
Wall underwent season-ending surgery on his left heel on Jan. 8 and developed an infection in the incision from that procedure before suffering the rupture, according to the Wizards. The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards director of medical services and orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection.
Wall, who has become one of the NBA’s top point guards due in large part to his explosive athleticism, signed a $170 million, four-year contract extension in the summer of 2017. It begins in 2019-20 and includes a player option for 2023-24.
Wall’s surgery has yet to be scheduled, but will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed his initial surgery.
Wall, a five-time All-Star, averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists in 32 games this season for the Wizards, but the team has underperformed greatly and sits in 10th place in the Eastern Conference at 22-31.
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