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BREAKING: It has been confirmed that Breanna Stewart has a torn Achilles

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The Seattle Storm and Dynamo Kursk star hurt her right ankle in the second quarter of the EuroLeague Women Finals against UMMC Ekaterinburg. The news was made by Dynamo Kursk on Tuesday, April 16. She is almost certain to miss the 2019 WNBA season.

Seattle Storm v Phoenix Mercury - Game Three
Breanna Stewart was carried off the court in the second quarter when Dynamo Kursk was playing UMMC Ekaterinburg in the EuroLeague Women Finals.
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The news the basketball world has feared has come to pass. Breanna Stewart’s right leg injury has been confirmed as a torn Achilles tendon, according to Dynamo Kursk, via EuroLeague Women’s Twitter account.

Although a prognosis for he recovery has not been provided, she is almost certain to miss the entire 2019 WNBA season.

Original story appears below:


Seattle Storm forward and reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart suffered a right foot injury with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter of the EuroLeague Women championship for Dynamo Kursk against UMMC Ekaterinburg on Sunday, April 14, in Sopron, Hungary.

Stewart landed on Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner’s foot and felt sharp pain in her ankle. She was carried off from the court and did not return.

You can watch the play here.

UMMC won the game and the FIBA EuroLeague Women championship, 91-67.

According Paul Nilsen of FIBA, the injury is a torn Achilles’ tendon. If this is the case, Stewart will miss the entire 2019 WNBA season since such injuries can take up to one year to heal and rehabilitate.

However, there will also be no official announcement from Stewart until Monday, according to her agent, as reported by ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel.

WNBA players were quick to react on social media when learning about the bad news.

For Seattle fans, Stewart’s injury is devastating news, and a blow to the WNBA in general.

The Storm are coming off a 2018 WNBA championship with Stewart winning the league’s regular season and Finals MVP awards. Seattle still has a strong nucleus with point guard Sue Bird and forward Natasha Howard. But if Stewart is out, it seems unlikely the Storm will repeat as champions this season.