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Friday, July 08, 2016

UConn's Kia Nurse on road to recovery

At this rate it might save time by listing the members of the UConn women's basketball program who haven't undergone medical procedures in the last couple of months.

Well, it is time to add Kia Nurse to the list. According to this report, she underwent sports hernia surgery but is expected to be recovered in time to play for Canada in the Olympics.

"It wasn't something she could work through and play through this summer, it was a necessity," Canadian national team coach Lisa Thomaidis said.

Nurse will not play in the upcoming international friendlies against China on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Edmonton Grads International Classic but Thomaidis believes Nurse will be cleared to take the court when the team gathers in Toronto on July 21 for Phase 3 of preparations for the Olympics.

Nurse was a breakout star for Canada last summer, leading the team in scoring en route to winning the Pan Am Games title and the FIBA Americas tournament with the latter event qualifying Canada for the Olympics.

Napheesa Collier, Katie Lou Samuelson, Nurse, Crystal Dangerfield and Batouly Camara are among the UConn players who have undergone surgeries since the end of the season although all are expected to be fully recovered by the time UConn kicks off official practice in October.

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