Monday, July 5, 2010

Jekabsone-Zogota to undergo knee surgery

Connecticut Sun guard/forward Anete Jekabsone-Zogota is scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Thursday, and could miss up to four weeks, coach Mike Thibault said Monday.

Jekabsone-Zogota injured her knee on June 27 at New York and has missed the last two games. She was originally diagnosed with a bone bruise following an MRI, but her knee hasn’t improved like the team hoped despite therapy.

“The (idea) is that there’s some loose floating particles, something in there that’s inhibiting her,” Thibault said, adding lateral movements are still causing Jekabsone-Zogota pain at times. “They can’t find it on the MRI, but the symptoms are too much that there’s something catching in the joint.”

Dr. Ammar Anbari will perform the procedure. Thibault said the recovery time ranges from two to four weeks “depending on what they find.”

Jekabsone-Zogota has started in all 14 games she’s played in this season, averaging 9.3 points and 2.1 assists. She is fourth on the team in 3-pointers made (23).

“It’s a big impact,” Thibault said of losing Jekabsone-Zogota. “She’s one of our best shooters, one of our best passers. She was playing great when she got hurt.”

The Sun (10-6) play at the San Antonio Silver Stars on Tuesday (8 p.m., ESPN2).

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