Still no timetable for Coates’ return

Alaina Coates talks with ESPN's Holly Rowe after the Chicago Sky selected her with their second pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP.
Alaina Coates talks with ESPN’s Holly Rowe after the Chicago Sky selected her with their second pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. Photo by Julie Jacobson/AP.

There is still no timetable for rookie Alaina Coates to return from injury and make her debut with the Chicago Sky, the organization said today.

The Sky selected the South Carolina center with the second overall pick in the WNBA draft this past spring. Coates, sidelined since the SEC tournament with an ankle injury, had surgery on in April and saw the cast removed last month, after which she began rehabilitation.

Chicago coach and general manager Amber Stocks said during preseason play that there was no immediate expectation for Coates’ return to the court, and that it could be September before she is able to play. The franchise repeated that message today.

“Alaina is continuing to rehab her ankle, and we are continuing to monitor her progress. There is no timetable for her return,” a spokesperson for the organization said.