The team announced Tuesday that Wall developed an infection in the incision from initial surgery on January 8 (a debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel that was also performed by Anderson).
The rupture was discovered when Wall had a procedure to have his infection cleaned out. The procedure, which has yet to be scheduled, will be performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, WI.
The whole reason why John Wall has been sitting out is to avoid further injury to his nagging heel injury, which had been bothering him earlier in the season and forced him to undergo surgery. The surgery was a "debridement and fix of a Haglund's deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury". Wall is second. Third is Trevor Ariza, traded to Washington mid-season, averaging 15.2 points since joining the squad. He missed two months after knee surgery last season, and had double knee surgery in 2016.
What sort of return can they get for a point guard that won't play until mid-February?
"I talked to him this morning", Cousins said after practice. "It sucks, it's unfortunate".
"You know, through it all, just try to better yourself each day and once that day's behind you, just move on to the next [one] regardless of the result". But it's a doubly huge blow for the Wizards to be without their point guard for longer than initially expected, as Wall will start a four-year, $170 million max contract next season.
The previous heel injury had an estimated recovery timetable of 6-8 months, which meant Wall would likely be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.