According to an official statement released by the franchise on Thursday morning, Connecticut Sun forward Chiney Ogwumike will miss at least the next six-to-nine months due to injury. While the setback is only being referred to as a left Achilles tendon injury at the moment, it appears that the injury was significant enough to require surgery, which was a success on Wednesday.
It is also worth noting that Ogwumike was just named as the WNBA’s Comeback Player of the Year for her efforts during the 2016 season. However, the 24-year-old Stanford University product was notably named as the league’s Comeback Player of the Year after missing the entire 2015 campaign after undergoing microfracture knee surgery, which also initially prompted a six-to-nine month recovery process.
On the other hand, Ogwumike is one of the WNBA’s top players when healthy as she was previously named as the league’s 2014 Rookie of the Year while reaching the All-Star Game during that same season. Prior to missing the entire 2015 season due to the aforementioned procedure, she appeared in 31 games for the Sun in 2014 en route to averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks across 29.7 minutes per contest.
The former first overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft also started in all 31 games as a rookie.
This time around, Ogwumike appeared in 33 games for the Sun but only started in 18 of those outings while averaging 24.3 minutes per game, presumably due to her recovery from the knee surgery. Nonetheless, she averaged 12.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, one steal and one block per game.
While it now seems as though Ogwumike will be forced out of action for another entire season, the four-year WNBA veteran will only have played in two seasons as a professional due to a pair of unfortunate and untimely setbacks.