WNBA star rookie Sabrina Ionescu seeing specialist about ankle sprain
Sabrina Ionescu is leaving the bubble to see a specialist for her injured ankle. Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

WNBA star rookie Sabrina Ionescu seeing specialist about ankle sprain

New York Liberty star rookie Sabrina Ionescu, the first overall pick of the 2020 WNBA Draft, is seeing a foot and ankle specialist in New York to evaluate the Grade 3 left ankle sprain that she suffered just three games into her pro career. 

ESPN confirmed Ionescu's departure from the bubble site of the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, on Wednesday, and added that such ankle sprains often require "months to fully heal."

It's unknown if the 22-year-old guard will return to the bubble for the pandemic-shortened season. As is the case with other leagues, Ionescu would be required to quarantine for a to-be-determined amount of time before she's allowed to rejoin team activities. 

The Liberty lost all four of their opening contests, and New York may elect to sit Ionescu out of precaution because she is viewed as a potential championship cornerstone. New York's final game of the campaign is scheduled for Sept. 12. 

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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