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Ivory Latta to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery for meniscus tear

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WNBA All-Star Game 2014

The Washington Mystics announced Ivory Latta will miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus tear in her right knee. In the release announcing the surgery, the team was optimistic that Latta wouldn't have to miss much time:

"We expect that Ivory will be able to play sometime in the first month of the regular season,’ said Thibault. "It was a fairly simple procedure and she has already started her rehab. The most important thing is Ivory’s health. We know she will do all the work necessary to be ready to play again at a high level when she does return."

"The Mystics organization has been very supportive and I have already started therapy," said Latta. "I am excited for the upcoming season and can’t wait to be healthy for this team and the fans."

If Latta returns in exactly four weeks, she would only miss the season opener against the New York Liberty. If she needs the full six weeks, that would set her up to return on June 1 when the Mystics host the Chicago Sky. In that scenario, she'd miss the first six games of the season.

Either way, the Mystics will need players to step up in her absence. Tayler Hill, Bria Hartley and Natasha Cloud will all be relied upon to step it up in Latta's absence.