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Whalen named to All-Star game, but eye injury will keep her from playing

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Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen was named as a reserve to the WNBA All-Star game by league officials, but the 33-year-old will not be able to play.

Whalen will miss Saturday's game because of the eye injury that also caused her streak of 106 consecutive starts to come to an end on Wednesday afternoon. She stayed home during Minnesota's 78-77 overtime loss to her former team, the Connecticut Sun.

Whalen has been averaging 12.4 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game for the Lynx this season - numbers certainly fitting of the five-time All-Star.

Knowing that she'll sit out the All-Star Game because of the injury, the question now shifts to when the Lynx can expect her back.

According to the Pioneer Press, Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Whalen has been diagnosed with hyphema – a collection of blood inside the front part of the eye.

But the Lynx coach remains "cautiously optimistic" that Whalen will be ready when the team hosts the Los Angeles Sparks July 29 in their first game following the All-Star break.

"I think the environment today, all of it, is probably too much stress," Reeve told reporters. "The eye is a sensitive thing, so we just decided it's best (for her to stay home)."

But Whalen has had a similar injury to the same eye previously. Six years ago after she was also poked in the eye, the effects lingered for weeks.

The team should know more following the break, the Pioneer Press notes that Whalen has several more appointments between now and then.

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