UPDATE: Breanna Stewart has a torn Achilles tendon. The original article is below with some editing to reflect the change.
Washington Wizards fans know the pain of what it feels like when a franchise star has a ruptured Achilles tendon. That’s because John Wall will be out for at least one calendar year since the news was reported last February.
Now, you can add the WNBA’s Seattle Storm to the list of teams that will have an uncertain future because their franchise star may also have the same injury.
Seattle’s best player and 2018 WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart suffered a lower right leg injury while playing for Russian team Dynamo Kursk in the FIBA EuroLeague Women championship game against Russian rival UMMC Ekaterinburg. UMMC has Mystics forward Emma Meesseman on their roster.
Late in the second quarter of the game, Stewart fell on UMMC and Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner’s foot and soon grimaced in pain regarding her right foot. She was carried off the court and didn’t return. UMMC won the game, 91-67.
FIBA’s Paul Nilsen first reported that the injury was a torn Achilles tendon. If this is the case, Stewart will miss the 2019 WNBA season.
EuroLeague Women also confirmed the news on Tuesday:
.@KurskBasket have stated @BreannaStewart has suffered a torn achilles. We would like to wish Stewie a speedy recovery . We can't wait to see her back in action. #EuroLeagueWomen pic.twitter.com/eY8y8AWuGh— EuroLeague Women (@EuroLeagueWomen) April 16, 2019
If you are wondering about Stewart’s road to recovery, her father indicated to the Post-Standard in Syracuse that she will have surgery later this week in Los Angeles.
As someone who is going through a similar recovery process, Wall tweeted this to Stewart on Monday evening.
@breannastewart keep your head up, this ain’t nothing you can't come back from. Stronger, Better and Determined— John Wall (@JohnWall) April 15, 2019
As rough as Wall’s last year has been on and off the basketball court, it is a good thing to see him encourage her to pull through an injury. Here’s hoping that Stewart and Wall recover fully from their injuries.