John Wall out 8 weeks with knee injury
by Scott M Gleeson, USA TODAY
The Washington Wizards will dealt some bad news on Friday when president Ernie Grunfeld announced that point guard John Wall will be sidelined for approximately eight weeks with a knee injury.
The 2010 No. 1 draft pick was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress injury to his left petella.
The good news: Wall won’t need surgery and his rehab will begin immediately.
“My teammates and I are all excited to build on the improvement we made at the end of last season, and I know they will continue to make great progress while I get through this setback,” Wall said in a statement. “I will work extremely hard to make sure I get back as soon as possible so I can re-join them and help our team continue to improve.”
Wall will miss the first month of the regular season as the Wizards try to turn the corner following a dreadful 20-46 campaign.
Wall was examined Thursday in New York by orthopedic specialist Dr. David Altchek after experiencing discomfort in the knee and underwent an MRI that revealed the injury.
“We’re all disappointed for John after how hard he worked this summer and how excited he was to begin training camp, but we feel fortunate that we caught the injury early and that he will be able to return with the vast majority of the season still in front of us,” Grunfeld said in a statement. “In the meantime, we’re confident that the versatility and depth of our team will help us move forward and continue the positive momentum that we’ve seen over the past several months.”
The Wizards open training camp Tuesday at George Mason University.
Contributing: The Associated Press