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New York Liberty ring in training camp with injured stars

Courntey Vandersloot joined the New York Liberty this offseason. (Mike Lawrence/NBAE via Getty Images)

The New York Liberty’s new-look roster is off to a rough start, with a few of its stars limited in training camp due to injuries.

Both Courtney Vandersloot and Jonquel Jones are not at full capacity as New York embarks on its superteam era. Vandersloot took a hit to the face during Monday’s workouts, Winsidr’s Myles Ehlrich reported, and the Liberty shut her down for the day out of caution.

On Tuesday, the Liberty announced that the guard has been placed in concussion protocol.

Additionally, Jones told reporters Monday that she is playing limited minutes, as she sustained an injury “like a stress reaction” in her left foot during the WNBA Finals last year. The 2021 WNBA MVP was in a boot “for a little while,” she said, and Sunday’s opening to training camp was “really like my first time going up and down the court.”

“I’m still restricted on it right now,” she said. “But every day, I’m building on it, adding more time.”

Jones was traded to the Liberty from the Sun in the offseason, generating buzz around what the team would look like. The buzz only increased when Vandersloot and two-time WNBA champion Breanna Stewart signed with the team. 

Still, Jones does appear to be working out with the team, even if in a limited capacity. For Liberty fans, injuries are unfortunately familiar territory. Last season, the team didn’t play in a single preseason game, as it did not have enough healthy players on the roster.