Washington Mystics guard Alana Beard will miss the remainder of the season after re-aggravating a left foot injury originally suffered during preseason training camp, the team announced Wednesday.
The Mystics (4-15) initially described Beard’s injury as a foot sprain. Beard re-aggravated the injury the first time after returning to practice in late July. When the four-time WNBA all-star re-aggravated the injury a second time after returning to practice last week, team medical officials advised Beard and Coach Trudi Lacey that it would be best to shut the player down for the remainder of the season.
“I tried my best to join my teammates on the court, but after several consultations with our doctors and trainers the decision that made the most sense was to focus on getting completely healthy for next season,” Beard said in a statement. “I am disappointed that I won’t get the chance to compete with my teammates in front of the best fans in the WNBA, but I look forward to returning on the court in 2012.”
Beard has averaged 16.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game during the six healthy seasons of her professional career. She sat out all of Washington’s 2010 campaign with an ankle tendon injury and did not play in any regular season games this season, at the end of which she will become a free agent.
“Alana has spent the season tirelessly rehabbing and doing everything possible to come back this season,” Lacey said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the collective decision based on the evaluation of our trainers and doctors is that she continue her rehab, get stronger and prepare for next season.
“Our team will continue to work hard, compete and we look forward to finishing the season on a positive note.”
Washington, which owns the worst record in the Eastern Conference, will host New York (13-9) at Verizon Center on Friday at 7 p.m.