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Elena Delle Donne has jammed left knee, may not play in Mystics’ season opener

The Mystics’ franchise player has not practiced since last week due to it.

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Elena Delle Donne may not be able to start the season due to a jammed left knee.
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Elena Delle Donne may not be able to start the 2019 season on Saturday at the Connecticut Sun due to a jammed left knee, according to Ava Wallace of The Washington Post.

The left knee has given the forward some trouble since last summer. In the 2018 WNBA semifinals, she had a bone bruise in a game against the Atlanta Dream.

If Delle Donne doesn’t play on Saturday, expect Emma Meesseman to take her spot as the team’s starting power forward. Mystics General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thbault originally planned on having her come off the bench due to her upcoming absence for EuroBasket. However, she is essentially guaranteed to start if any other starter from the 2018 team can’t play for whatever reason.