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Six days removed from having platelet-rich plasma treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee, Wizards point guard John Wall met with the media on Friday morning to dicuss the latest in his recovery timeline.

Wall, 27, says the injury began with a knee-to-knee collision against the Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 7 and from there it slowly developed into a significant hinderance. Wall sat out against the Raptors on Nov. 19, then returned for two games.

In the second of those games, on Nov. 22 against the Charlotte Hornets, Wall didn't notice a major difference in his play. Those close to him did.

"In Charlotte after the game I was with a couple of my friends. My agent said I was limping throughout the game. I didn’t even notice it. The adrenaline, going through the game, being back home in front of family. It was like, alright you need to do something about it," he said. 

"We talked, figured out what it was. After the Charlotte game I could barely walk. It was flaming up. My knee was swelling up even more. They were like we have to do something about it. I agreed to it."

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It was two days later that Wall underwent an MRI, got a second opinion and the treatment he received was prescribed. Wall first had to use crutche. In the time since, he has done light jogging on an alter-G treadmill.

 

Wall is due for a checkup Friday evening with the Wizards training staff.

"I'm getting another checkup with the doctors," he said. "So I'll see where I stand."

Wall was given a timeline to return of approximately two weeks. Though he's nearly halfway through that timeframe, he's not sure exactly when he will be back on the court.

"I kind of really don't know yet. I'm just taking it day-by-day," he said.

Wall, who is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists, has dealt with a variety of ailments so far this season after going through the summer without any complications. This was after the 2016 offseason when he had two knee surgeries.

Already this season Wall has had a sprained shoulder, sprained ankle, swollen knee, migraine headaches and he was sick enough to require IVs. The Wizards are 2-3 in games without him.

"I’m the type of guy who likes to play through things," he said. "It just got to the point where it was affecting my play . I tried to get through it as much as I could, but then everyone was like you have to care of it and think about the long-term, not just the short-term."

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