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If the loss of Lauren Jackson wasn't enough, now the Seattle Storm will be without point guard Sue Bird. She will have surgery on her right knee this spring and will miss the 2013 WNBA season.

Bird, who completed her 11th season with the Storm last year, will have surgery to removed a cyst from her right knee that was discovered at the end of 2012. The surgery will take place sometime this spring, and the estimated rehabilitation time is six months.

The cyst was discovered by Dr. Michael Joyce, her physician at the University of Connecticut prior to her departure for Russia. Because Bird is not currently experiencing any pain in her right knee, she will continue her overseas commitment with UMMC Ekaterinburg.

We support the decision to address the issue with Sue s knee now, said Storm Head Coach Brian Agler. It is important for us all to take a long term view in situations like this. We want Sue to return to full health and be healthy enough to play in 2014 and for many more seasons with the Storm. We are focused on putting our team together and look forward to another competitive WNBA season.

It is with great disappointment I share that I have developed a cyst in my right knee, Bird said. The doctors feel very strongly that if I take care of this as soon as I complete my current tour in Europe, it will ward off future debilitating consequences.

While I may not be on the court in 2013 for the Storm, Bird continued, I will be in Seattle, cheering from the sidelines and doing whatever it takes to support the team throughout the season.

The Storm is already without Lauren Jackson who will miss the season recovering from hamstring surgery.

Center Ann Wauters is also out for the 2013 season.

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