Opals star Lauren Jackson out for four months

Lauren Jackson during her time with the Canberra Capitals. Photo: John Preller
Lauren Jackson during her time with the Canberra Capitals. Photo: John Preller

Canberra Capitals Coach and Sports Wizard®’s Head of Basketball, Carrie Graf, has allayed fears about Lauren Jackson’s return to the WNBL next season, believing a four-month break as a result of surgery refresh the Opals legend for her comeback campaign.

Jackson will miss four months after having knee and Achilles tendon surgery in Melbourne on Monday, less than 24 hours after arriving back in Australia.

Jackson has a contract with the Capitals to play the 2014-15 and 2015-16 WNBL and the Club is looking forward to having her on the court after she missed an entire season with the Capitals last year because of a hamstring injury and a contract bungle ended hope of her joining Canberra this season.

Capitals coach Carrie Graf spoke with Jackson on Tuesday and told the Canberra Times she was confident the superstar will be re-energised when she joins the team in October.

”Unfortunately for Lauren it looks like she won’t go back to the [US] WNBA but from a Capitals perspective this injury will help her be refreshed for the next two years,” Graf told the Times.

Jackson is expected to recover in time for the Opals’ World Championship Campaign in Turkey this September.

”She will join us after the Australian Opals’ world championship campaign and she will be in a good space. No injury is good timing but it gives her some time off before she plays for us.”

Everyone at Sports Wizard® wishes Lauren well in her recovery and looks forward to seeing her back in action with the Capitals in the 2014-2015 season!

Quotes from this story first appeared in the Canberra Times story titled ‘Opals Star Jackson to miss four months with injury‘, on 11 February, 2014.