Fowles cleared to play for Lynx Thursday night

Team officials say Minnesota Lynx star Sylvia Fowles is now cleared to play after injuring her right knee.

The Lynx made the announcement Thursday afternoon, adding that forward Nikolina Milic has been released from a hardship contract.

In addition, Fowles will be able to play Thursday night against the Phoenix Mercury.

Thursday’s game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Target Center.

As previously reported earlier this month, Fowles had been ruled out indefinitely due to a cartilage injury in her knee, which happened during a game against the New York Liberty.

This is Fowles’ final season in the WNBA, her 15th. She has been averaging 16.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this year.

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Fowles has also been named a co-captain for the WNBA All-Star Game.