Mystics guard Alana Beard has not practiced this week as she continues to recover from a left foot sprain. Her status for Thursday’s game at Atlanta remains undetermined.
Beard, who sat out all of last season while recovering from a left ankle tendon injury, suffered the foot sprain in practice last week. The foot and ankle tendon injuries are unrelated. Beard is expected to miss between seven to 14 days from the date the injury occurred. On Tuesday, she said the injury happened May 31.
Washington Coach Trudi Lacey said Beard’s injury was “day-to-day” and she did not know whether Beard would be able to play against Atlanta. Beard offered similar sentiments in regards to her status for Thursday’s game.
The Mystics were down to eight players by the end of Tuesday’s practice. Lacey said rookie center Ta’Shia Phillips suffered an ankle tendon injury during the workout and was schedule to see a doctor later Tuesday. Phillips’s status for Thursday remains unknown at this point, as well.
“I’m thinking I might have to play,” Lacey said. “But, you know, it happens. It’s part of the game, and we have to focus on the players that we have that are working very hard, getting better every day. So that’s going to be our focus.”
The team’s recent injury string has been particularly exasperating for Beard, who was unable to play in Saturday’s season-opening 89-73 loss at Connecticut because of the foot sprain.
Beard, a four-time WNBA all-star, declined to say how her foot felt Tuesday other than to note that “it gets better every day.”
“I mean, anything like this, obviously it’s frustrating,” Beard said. “But at the same time you have to understand that it is a process. I’ve been going through it for a year, so if I don’t understand it by now, I didn’t learn my lesson. So I’m pretty cool with it. Obviously, I’m upset, but I understand.”