Sun’s Whalen To Have Ankle Surgery

Lindsay Whalen UNCASVILLE, CT. (January 10, 2006) — Connecticut Sun point guard Lindsay Whalen will undergo surgery on her left ankle Tuesday morning at the UConn Health Center in Farmington.

The procedure – involving some reconstruction of the ligaments on the outside of the ankle and some removal of scar tissue – will be performed by R.J. Sullivan, an orthopedist specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Whalen will be in a cast for about two weeks, and her rehabilitation will last approximately four months.

“The reason why the surgery is being done is because Lindsay has had multiple ankle sprains, and there is some laxity in the ligaments, and this has caused further damage in the ankle joint,” Connecticut Sun team physician Diana Heiman said. “She is expected to return to full activity in about four-and-a-half months.”

Whalen suffered the latest sprain to the ankle during Game 1 of the WNBA Finals against the Sacramento Monarchs at Mohegan Sun Arena on Sept. 14th. The ankle continued to bother her while she was playing in Russia during the offseason, and further examination led doctors to advise surgery.

“Lindsay’s ankle was not responding to rehabilitation, and it was determined that surgery was the best option,” Sun coach Mike Thibault said. “Lindsay has a long professional career ahead of her, and this course of action is in the best interest of her long-term health.”

Whalen averaged 12.1 points and 5.1 assists per game during the regular season, and she averaged 16.5 points per game through the first two rounds of the 2005 WNBA Playoffs, leading the Sun to sweeps of the Detroit Shock and Indiana Fever. She suffered a fracture in her left knee during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Indiana after colliding with Fever guard Tully Bevilaqua, then injured the ankle during the first half of Game 1 against the Monarchs.

“This is something that has been recommended to me by my doctors,” Whalen said. “I just felt it was better to take care of this now rather than wait.”