The rupture was discovered when Wall had a procedure to have his infection cleaned out.
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. Now, Wall will need another surgery to fix it which will make him miss the next 12 months of action, according to ESPN. The surgery was a "debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury".
Wizards team doctor Wiemi Douoguih said Tuesday in a conference call with reporters that he discovered the partial rupture of the tendon during a procedure done Monday to address an infection from the operation on Wall's left heel on January 8. Douoguih estimated the recovery range for Wall's injury, "at John's age", to be from 11 to 15 months.
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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.
What sort of return can they get for a point guard that won't play until mid-February? He also had surgery on both knees before the 2016-17 season. But me knowing John as long as I do, I know he'll overcome this. "He's overcome a lot of hard obstacles in his life and prepare to just add this to the list". However, those talks apparently dissipated quickly, especially in the case of John Wall whose contract isn't the most franchise-friendly with this season marking the first of his $170 max extension.
He appeared in only 32 games this season, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists.