Reigning WNBA Rookie of the Year Breanna Stewart will return to the U.S. from China to rehab a knee injury, according to The Associated Press. Stewart, currently playing for Shanghai in the Chinese Basketball League, sprained the PCL in her right knee last week. The injury will not require surgery.
“It’s fine. It’s nothing major, but it’s still an issue I guess,” Stewart told the AP. “It’s perfect timing at least. You don’t ever want to get injured. I had an MRI and it showed the PCL injury. The plan right now is to go back to the U.S. and do rehab and then come back for the playoffs.”
The No. 1 pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Stewart led the Seattle Storm to the WNBA Playoffs during a spectacular rookie season. She entered the pros following a historic collegiate career in which she and her senior teammates became the first players ever to capture four NCAA women’s basketball titles in a row.
“We are in close communication with Breanna and the medical team overseeing her rehab,” Seattle Storm president and general manager Alisha Valavanis told the AP. “Breanna has our ongoing support as she recovers.”