Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird is out indefinitely because of a left knee injury, the team announced Tuesday.
The Storm said that Bird will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body in the knee. A date for the surgery was not announced.
“I’m super disappointed to have to miss time with the team this season,” Bird said in a statement. “There’s nothing I want more than to be on court with my teammates defending our title.
The Seattle Times reported that Bird is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. Seattle begins the defense of its 2018 title Saturday.
“The most important thing to us is that Sue is healthy and strong. Based on her feedback and evaluation from her longtime surgeon and our medical team, it was determined the best course of action was a scope,” Storm CEO and general manager Alisha Valavanis said in a statement. “We have confidence this will support Sue’s full recovery and we look forward to her return to the court.”
Bird’s injury is a second significant one to a Storm player this offseason. Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart is expected to miss the 2019 season after rupturing her right Achilles tendon while playing in Europe.
Coach Dan Hughes also underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his digestive tract last week. No timetable has been provided for his return.
Bird, who at 38 is the WNBA’s oldest active player, has been part of all three Storm championship teams, winning titles in 2004, 2010 and 2018. She averaged 10.1 points and 7.1 assists per game last season.