Storm G Bird has hip surgery

9:28 PM, Sep 27, 2011   |    comments
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Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird underwent successful surgery Tuesday morning to repair the labrum in her right hip.

According to a team release, Dr. Marc J. Philippon performed the surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Philippon told the team a full recovery is expected, and that Bird should be able to play by mid-to-late December.

Bird will stay at the Clinic through the weekend and begin rehabilitation immediately.

"Everyone within the Storm organization is excited that Sue came through her surgery successfully," said Brian Agler, Storm head coach. "We knew she had been fighting the issue for a long time. We are all happy and confident the surgery is done and behind her."

Bird averaged 14.7 points and 4.9 assists in 34 games during the 2011 season for the Storm. She also averaged 15.7 points during the Western Conference semifinals, when Phoenix beat Seattle in three games.

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