Wizards' Wall ruptures Achilles in fall at home


Washington Wizards star point guard John Wall, who already is out for the remainder of this season because of an injured heel, needs Achilles surgery that will sideline him for approximately one year.

The Wizards announced Tuesday that Wall suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home. He will have surgery.

The team has not determined a date for the surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson, but announced that Wall is expected to miss approximately 12 months from the time of the operation.

Wall was ruled out for the rest of this season in late December because of bone spurs in his left heel. The team said he developed an infection in the incision from the initial heel surgery on Jan. 8.

Even though the team has been without Wall for 18 games, during which the Wizards have gone 9-9, owner Ted Leonsis insisted last week that he expects the team to make a run for a playoff spot.

“You have to go to the players, the coach, the staff and say, ‘Do we have enough to make the playoffs?’ And to a person, I was told, ‘Yes we do.'” Leonsis told WTOP last week.

The Wizards are 22-31 this season, sitting in 10th in the Eastern Conference, 3 games back of the Miami Heat in eighth.

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