Washington Wizards guard John Wall will miss eight weeks "after being diagnosed with the early stages of a stress injury to his left patella," according to a statement released by the team Friday.
Surgery will not be necessary and rehab will begin immediately.
"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," Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said in the release. "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 averaged 16.3 points and 8.0 assists per game last season, his second in the NBA after being drafted No. 1 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft. Wall appeared in all 66 games for Washington during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
The Wizards begin training camp next week at George Mason University and open the season Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“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 the 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."
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