MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Lynx star guard Lindsay Whalen will return this season, according to head coach Cheryl Reeve.

“We’re going to have Lindsay back,” Reeve said on Saturday. “That’s the great thing.”

On Friday, Whalen had successful surgery for a broken bone on her left hand.

“The healing has begun, that’s the good news,” Reeve said. “Every person varies in terms of how they heal. I don’t know what’s fair to say as far as a timetable, but (she will be back) as soon as she can. It could have been a worse injury.”

The Lynx say Whalen had the surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Whalen injured her hand during the third quarter of Thursday night’s 69-54 win over the Atlanta Dream.

Whalen, a 14-year veteran, is averaging eight points and a team-high four assists per game this season.

In her absence, Reeve said veteran guard Renee Montgomery will move into the starting lineup. Look for rookie Alexis Jones to pick up more playing time as well.