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Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson

Agents for Lauren Jackson announced Wednesday that she’s recovering in a Melbourne hospital after undergoing surgery on her right knee. Jackson, who turns 34 Monday, first underwent surgery on her right knee in February 2014, missing the WNBA season.

Jackson was already doubtful to return to the WNBA this season after a procedure on the knee in February 2015. The Storm has suspended the final year of her contract, and coach Jenny Boucek said the door will remain open for Jackson to return. But the three-time league MVP needs support in getting healthy.

The native Australian will be in a cast for four weeks, at which point Jackson’s doctor will provide an update on her rehab plan and potential return to the court.

One of the agents, Bruce Kaider, said: “This surgery was part of the overall plan to get Lauren back on the court as soon as practically possible. Lauren, in consultation with her surgeon, has agreed to take a conservative approach to her recovery and rehabilitation to give her the best possible chance of returning to full-time basketball. We are optimistic at this stage but will not know the full extent and success of the surgery until the cast is removed in a month’s time.”