Sun’s Alyssa Thomas to make surprise return Wednesday vs. Liberty just nine months after tearing Achilles

Connecticut Sun striker Alyssa Thomas is poised for a shocking return to the squad just nine months after a ruptured Achilles tendon. Thomas is officially listed as a likely competitor for Sun’s New York Liberty match on Wednesday night. at CBS Sports Network

Speaking to reporters after training, Sun Center Beatrice Mompremier said she “can’t wait” for Thomas to take the floor. Later Sun coach Kurt Miller reviewed the availability of Thomas saying, “Today she had good practice again, so I’ll put it this way. We are very optimistic. “

Viewing information

  • Date: Wednesday 15 September | 7:00 pm ET
  • Location: Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • TV and live broadcast: Cbs sports network

In January, Thomas left ZVVZ USK Praha, the team she played for in the Czech Republic, and returned to the United States with a serious injury. The Sun later confirmed that Thomas suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and underwent a successful operation. This press release came out on January 20, just under nine months ago.

Given the severity of the injury and the timing of the WNBA season, most believed Thomas would not be available until 2022. Instead, she is set to make a comeback and could significantly boost Sun’s chances of the title. Despite Thomas’ absence, Sun has dominated this season, especially after the Olympic break.

With their current 12-game winning streak, they lead the league 24-6 and have secured not only the semi-finals but also the home-court playoff advantage. Right now, they look like a team to be beaten, and soon they may be claiming their first title in franchise history. Thomas’s upcoming return only adds to the joy.

But while this is mostly good news, it’s fair to have little concern here, for both Thomas and the Sun. Modern medicine is getting better every year, but nine months is still very fast for a person to come back from a ruptured Achilles. And not only return to the court, but also plunge into the most intense basketball of the season. While Thomas will obviously want to help his team win the championship, it’s fair to worry about the possibility of re-injury.

In addition, Sun has played such amazing basketball – 12 straight wins, 10 of which were double-digit ones – that interfering with chemistry is risky anyway. This is not to criticize Thomas, who is a very good and unselfish player, but to point out that everyone is comfortable and good with their current roles and rotations. The addition of Thomas, who is going to be rusty after being laid off for such a long time, right before the playoffs will force everyone to reset their settings. The sun will hope her talent outweighs these potential drawbacks, but there is something to think about.


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