Friday, 15 February, 2019

Wizards guard ruptures Achilles tendon from fall at home

Otto Porter Jr Otto Porter Jr
Kristopher Love | 14 February, 2019, 09:56

Wall will undergo surgery some time next week on a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the Wizards announced Tuesday. As the Wizards' press release reveals, Wall "developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on January 8" and then sustained the rupture when he fell in his home.

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

Per the team, he developed an infection in the incision. The rupture was diagnosed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih during a procedure to clean out the infection. He then slipped and fell in his home, which resulted in him suffering the injury. It's another shot of unfortunate luck that's whacked the left leg of the five-time All-Star.

Wall was limited to 41 games last season, mostly because of surgery on his left knee. He's missed more than 70 games due to knee injuries.

To make matters worse, this is how he suffered the injury.

The Wizards say Wall will need approximately 12 months to recover before returning to full basketball activities. And Achilles injuries are known to be hard to return from at all, let alone do so at the skill level held prior.

In July 2017, he signed a four-year, $170million contract extension until the summer of 2023. It increases to a $46.9 million option in the fourth year.

He appeared in only 32 games this season, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists.