Sat. Jun 22nd, 2024

Mystics’ Alysha Clark nears return after long recovery originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

WASHINGTON — Alysha Clark has had a decorated decade-long professional career, winning two WNBA championships and while in Poland, being named a league MVP. Yet, her most recent injury momentarily took away her confidence as a basketball player.

Clark has not played competitive basketball since March 2021 when she suffered a Lisfranc injury while playing in France. It was less than two months after she made a surprising move to leave the only WNBA franchise she’s ever played for – and then reigning champion – the Seattle Storm to come to D.C.

Now just over 13 months later, she is just weeks, perhaps days, from returning and making her Washington Mystics debut.

“I’m feeling good,” Clark told NBC Sports Washington. “I’m feeling really good. My foot’s been responding well. The rest of my body has been responding well to the jump and intensity and load which makes me happy.”

Over the weekend, she surpassed a monumental hurdle for athletes when recovering from a significant injury. Saturday was her first time playing five-on-five in 416 days, less than a week before the start of the regular season.

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