- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2012

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will miss at least the next eight weeks with a stress injury to his left patella, the team announced Friday.

The third-year guard will not require surgery and is already undergoing rehabilitation. He’ll miss all of training camp, the preseason and the first three weeks of the regular 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,” Wall said in a statement. “I will work extremely hard to make sure I get back as soon as possible so I can rejoin them and help our team continue to improve.”

Wall was examined in New York on Thursday in New York by orthopedic specialist Dr. David Altchek after experiencing discomfort in his left knee. An MRI 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,” team president Ernie 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 will begin training camp on Tuesday at George Mason University. The regular season begins Oct. 30 against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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