Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles.

Chicago Sky center Sylvia Fowles. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune / August 22, 2013)

Sky coach Pokey Chatman said Friday she thinks injured All-Star center Sylvia Fowles will be back in action midway through the WNBA season.

“And knowing Sylvia, it could be sooner,” Chatman said.

Fowles, reigning WNBA defensive player of the year, underwent arthroscopic surgery March 8 in Chicago to repair a labral tear and an impingement in the right hip.  The Sky did not disclose the surgery until Thursday.

Chatman described Fowles’ problem as a “use injury” that bothered the 28-year-old all last season.  She overcame it to lead the league in rebounding and field-goal percentage as the Sky made the playoffs for the first time.

“I feel positive, especially knowing she had that kind of season while dealing with it,” Chatman said.  “This will be good for Sylvia’s long-term health.”

The Sky open training camp April 27 and play their season opener May 16.