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Still no timetable for Elena Delle Donne return

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The Washington Mystics continue to take hits.

The already depleted roster continues to undergo changes as Tina Charles will be absent Thursday against the Atlanta Dream, while starting point guard Natasha Cloud is questionable with a hip flexor injury. Meanwhile, there remains no timetable for Elena Delle Donne’s return.

Delle Donne has continued to rehab from a pair of back surgeries, with hopes that she would open the season on a minutes restriction following limited time during training camp.

That didn’t happen, and now it’s quite possible she may not be ready before August. 

According to coach Mike Thibault, the 2019 WNBA MVP hasn’t done any five-on-five work but is progressing. She’s moved into some one-on-one work with some defensive drills, but there’s still no definite time frame for her return.

“Certainly she’s going to need team practice time for a number of days before we consider putting her in a game,” Thibault told the Washington Post. “So if we’re two weeks from now [and] we’re still wondering about that then, yeah, it’s probably more likely coming out of the break. But we’re not saying it’s absolute at this point.”

The Mystics’ last game before the five-week Olympic break is on July 10, and they don’t return until August 15 with a game against the Las Vegas Aces.