Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Washington Wizards guard John Wall is expected to be sidelined approximately eight weeks with a stress injury to his left patella, forcing him to miss all of training camp and likely the first month of the regular season.
Wall was examined in New York by orthopedic specialist Dr. David Altchek on Thursday after experiencing discomfort in that knee, and underwent an MRI exam which revealed the early stages of a non-traumatic stress 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," said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. "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."
Wall, the top overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Kentucky, posted averages of 16.3 points, 8.0 assists and 4.5 rebounds while playing in all 66 games last season.
"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," said Wall. "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."
The Wizards are scheduled to begin the 2012-13 season at Cleveland on Oct. 30.