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Alyssa Thomas to return to Connecticut Sun less than a year after tearing Achilles

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Less than a year after tearing her Achilles, Connecticut Sun star Alyssa Thomas could be making her return.

The forward practiced with the team on Tuesday and was listed as probable on the official injury report for the Sun’s home game against the Liberty on Wednesday night. The Sun then teased her return on Twitter.

Sun coach Curt Miller said Tuesday that there is a strong chance Thomas could see minutes in Wednesday’s game.

“She had a good practice again today, so I’ll put it that way,” Miller said. “We are very optimistic.”

Before that, Sun forward Beatrice Mompremier told reporters she “can’t wait” to see Thomas play on Wednesday.

Thomas tore her Achilles while playing with USK Praha in the Czech Republic. The Sun announced the injury in January, a little less than nine months ago. Typically, it takes about 12 months to recover from an Achilles injury.

While it’s unclear how much a role Thomas could play during Wednesday’s game and beyond, her return would bolster an already dominant Sun team. In her seven-year WNBA career, Thomas has averaged 11.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and three assists per game for Connecticut.

The Sun are No. 1 in the league standings at 24-6, securing a double bye to the semifinals and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.