Lauren Jackson in recovery following successful surgery

Lauren Jackson in recovery following successful surgery

Australian Opal and Canberra Capitals star Lauren Jackson is in recovery following surgery overnight in Melbourne to repair a torn meniscus in her right knee and ongoing problem in her left Achilles tendon.

Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr David Young has advised Jackson will be required to undertake a 16 week recovery program following the surgery which he anticipates has successfully resolved both injuries.

Jackson has committed to returning to the Australian Opals program prior to the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Championships in Turkey, and her deal with the Canberra Capitals for the next twoWNBL seasons remains unaffected.

Australian Opals Head Coach Brendan Joyce said he remained confident Jackson would return to her career-best form as the Opals chase a world title in September.

“Lauren has committed to the Opals preparation for this year’s World Championships,” Joyce said.

“She'll have some time to prepare in some games in July on a tour of Japan and then again in August.

“Dr Young was really happy with how she went; he said she could play until she's 40.

“It's a shame for her that she has this recovery period, but it's better for her to be right for the real deal at the World Championships.”

Most recently this year, Jackson was playing for Heilongjiang in the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA), where she averaged 22 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, helping Heilongjiang reach the playoffs which begin tonight.