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John Wall expected to be out for 12 months after successful surgery

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Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to be out of commission for roughly 12 months after undergoing successful surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The loss of Wall is obviously a tough blow for the Wizards. According to the team’s press release, Wall had developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on Jan. 8th. He suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home.

In an interview with ESPN, Wall noted that he has been playing through pain for quite a while:

“I guess God is telling me something,” Wall told ESPN on Friday. “To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If something that’s nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”

Wall, now 28 years of age, made 32 appearances with the Wizards this season (all starts), racking up averages of 20.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field (30.2 percent from beyond the arc), 8.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 steals and just under one block (0.9) in 34.5 minutes per outing.

Though he’s facing a lengthy recovery, Wall seems to be focused on a comeback:

“All the people that talk negative, like, ‘You’re not coming back,’ that just motivates me even more,” Wall said.

Hopefully, Wall will be able to make a full recovery. For now, though, he has a long road ahead of him.