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The Wizards will be without star point guard John Wall for approximately two weeks as he recovers from platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment and viscosupplementation injections in his left knee.

Wall, 27, has been hampered by a swollen left knee for several weeks, at one point having it drained by the Wizards training staff. He missed Friday's game against the Toronto Raptors, then played in two more before having this setback. Wall underwent an MRI on his left knee Friday morning. 

Wall received the diagnosis for PRP treatment after consulting with head team physician Dr. Wiemi Douoguih and Dr. Richard D. Parker at the Cleveland Clinic Marymount. Parker performed two surgeries on Wall's knees in May of 2016.

PRP treatment involves drawing blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and then injecting it into the injury area. It can help speed up the healing process. Viscosupplementation injections are intended to reduce swelling and help with mobility.

The Wizards believe Wall's injury stems from a knee-to-knee collision in a Nov. 7 game against the Dallas Mavericks. Wall has dealt with several ailments already this season including a sprained left shoulder, migraine headaches and a sprained right ankle. He also received two IVs two weeks ago to get over a bad cold.

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Wall is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists this season. He has played in 16 of their 18 games. 

With Wall out, the Wizards will turn to backup point guard Tim Frazier to carry much of the load. They also have point guard Tomas Satoransky on the roster.

 

But with Sheldon Mac already out for the season with a torn Achilles and an open roster spot remaining from when they waived Carrick Felix, the Wizards will be undermanned barring a roster move. They currently have 12 healthy players on their roster who aren't on two-way contracts.

A two-week recovery would have Wall returning some time in the second week of December. 

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