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Diana Taurasi takes sabbatical as she battles injuries

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi, who has been dealing with injuries, has announced she is ending her EuroLeague season early.

Over the weekend, Taurasi posted a video on her Instagram account thanking the fans of Russian club UMMC Ekaterinburg, with whom she has played since 2012, for their support.

"We've gone through so many championships, so many great moments," Taurasi said in the video. "From the bottom of my heart I want to say 'thank you.' This isn't a goodbye, this is just a 'see you later.'"

Taurasi had said several times during the WNBA season this past summer that she likely would play just one more season overseas. However, her agent, Lindsay Kagawa Colas, told ESPN on Monday that Taurasi has not officially decided yet to retire from EuroLeague, but is taking a sabbatical for now as she battles injuries.

Taurasi, who will turn 36 next June, is expected to continue to play for the Mercury in the 2018 WNBA season. She finished her UConn career in 2004 and was drafted No. 1 by the Mercury, and has played overseas annually since then. She previously played for another team in Russia, Spartak Moscow, and in Turkey.

Taurasi sat out the 2015 WNBA season because UMMC paid her to rest during that time. Most WNBA players compete overseas -- essentially competing nearly year-round -- because they can earn more there than in the WNBA, which has its 34-game season and playoffs in the summer/fall.

Taurasi, who has won three WNBA titles and was the 2009 WNBA MVP, got married in May to former Mercury teammate Penny Taylor, who retired after the 2016 WNBA season.

Taurasi has won four Olympic gold medals with the United States. Last week, she was one of 29 players announced as being in the national-team pool for the 2018 World Cup, which has a training camp in February in South Carolina.