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Washington Wizards guard John Wall underwent successful surgery for his ruptured left Achilles Tuesday, a source confirmed with NBC Sports Washington.

Wall informed reporters of the surgery date when he met with media members after the Wizards’ Friday night home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The team previously announced Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI would perform the procedure.

Wizards team medical director Dr. Wiemi Douoguih explained in a conference call with reporters last week that the recovery timeline is between 11-15 months. The recovery timeline means Wall would miss a chunk of the 2019-20 regular season with a potential return around the 2020 NBA All-Star game.

Dr. Anderson performed another surgery on Wall’s heel on Jan. 8 to remove bone spurs with the hope that the procedure would avoid a more serious injury. The heel developed an infection following surgery and a subsequent examination by Douoguih revealed the rupture believed caused by Wall slipping and falling in his home.

Various media reports first revealed Tuesday's surgery for Wall, who averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in 32 games for the Wizards this season. 

Whether the five-time All-Star returns at or near such levels are among the primary questions.

“You know, there’s no way to tell,” Douoguih said. “We don’t have a whole lot of data on elite NBA point guards with tendon ruptures. John is an unusual specimen because of his talent, his abilities and the demands placed on his body. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.”

 

Washington is 11-11 since Wall last played Dec. 26. The Wizards fell to 24-33 overall and three games back of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference following Monday’s 121-112 loss at Detroit. 

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