According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, John Wall has had surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon and will not be able to return to the NBA until 2020.
Wizards star John Wall underwent surgery for a ruptured left Achilles tendon and will be out 12 months.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2019
At the end of December, it was reported that Wall would be having season-ending heel surgery. However, it now seems as though his injury was more extensive than was initially believed.
With DeMarcus Cousins just coming off of a year-long absence due to a similar injury, Wall will at least have a friend to talk him through the recovery process.
In addition to the news that this heel injury is much more severe, Charania is also reporting that this was not a basketball-related injury. He heard from team officials that the injury was suffered in an accident at John Wall’s home.
Wall suffered the torn Achilles tendon after slipping and falling in his home, team says. https://t.co/wcGdRXSZtB— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 5, 2019
I realize that freak accidents happen and you cannot control what your body does sometimes. But this is an extreme injury that normal happens during enhanced physical activity. We may still not know the whole story of how Wall was injured.
This will be the third time in Wall’s career that he has played less than 50 games in a season, and the fourth will be next year as he will miss half of that season as well.
There were rumors early in the season that the Washington Wizards were contemplating blowing up their team to start over. Wall’s name, as well as that of star Bradley Beal, had come up in trade rumors leading up to his injury.
It may be safe to think Wall’s best days will be behind him whenever he returns to the court.