“The marathon continues.”
This is what Sabrina Ionescu shared on her personal Instagram Story on Monday after the New York Liberty shared an update on her success minor foot surgery.
The former Oregon Duck prodigy and No. 1 overall pick had only played in two full WNBA games with the New York Liberty before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Ionescu rolled her ankle on an opponents foot and then left the ‘Wubble’ to begin rehab. At first, the injury did not require surgery, but on November 2, a minor procedure was done successfully back in New York City.
According to the Liberty’s press release: The minimally-invasive procedure removed calcified scar tissue that was irritating a tendon behind Ionescu’s ankle. She is expected to soon be cleared by the Liberty’s medical staff to return to physical activity.
“She had a minor ankle procedure to remove a loose bone chip that was irritating a tendon behind her ankle,” said Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “This chip that occurred during her sprain in July, did not involve the ankle joint cartilage surface and we expect a complete recovery. The ligaments she tore during her injury have all completely healed and there was no need for an ankle ligament stabilization procedure.”
For those of you who watched Ionescu’s four-year career at Oregon, adversity isn’t a road block. This was the first major injury that forced her to miss serious time off the court. The competitor she is, Ionescu is taking advantage of the ‘long offseason.’
“With the long offseason, I am committed to returning in 2021 fully prepared to rejoin my team and jumpstart my WNBA career,” said Ionescu.
The Liberty are coming off a 2-20 season and missed out on the playoffs down in the WNBA Bubble in Bradenton, Florida. In her two games, Ionescu proved her place in the WNBA. Against the Dallas Wings, she dropped 33 points hitting 6-of-10 from 3PT range, seven rebounds and seven assists.
It may be some time before Ionescu and the Liberty return to the court. The 2021 WNBA Draft will take place in April 2021 and then the next season will begin.