Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles cleared to play after missing time with knee injury

Sylvia Fowles is averaging a near double-double for the Lynx so far this season. (Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

Sylvia Fowles has been cleared to return to the Minnesota Lynx lineup, the team announced Thursday, after missing the last two weeks with a cartilage injury in her right knee.

Fowles is available for the Lynx game against the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday. She’s been out for five games, with forward Nikolina Milic being released from her hardship contract.

Before going down with her injury, Fowles was averaging 16.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, the only WNBA player to average a double-double so far this season. She also currently leads the league in field goal percentage (64.1) and rebounds per game. Included amongst her rebounding performances is a league-high 20-rebound game on June 1, which tied the Lynx franchise single-game record.

On Wednesday, Fowles was named a WNBA All-Star co-captain — in honor of this being her final WNBA season — and starter.

Milic was signed by Minnesota in early May, starting in the past three games for Minnesota and playing in all 17. She had been averaging 0.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

The Lynx currently sit at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 4-13 record, having won their most recent game Tuesday against the Mercury.