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Everything on schedule for the return of Jackson

She moonlighted as a children's TV star yesterday, but Lauren Jackson remains on track to return to her day job with the Canberra Capitals next week.

Jackson has enjoyed a faultless rehabilitation on her injured hamstring and is confident of playing her first WNBL game of the season against Sydney at AIS Arena on Friday week.

Yesterday she paid a surprise visit to the home of sisters Isabelle and Callie Bourne for an episode of Disney program Undercover Coach.

The star centre had a ball giving the Nicholls siblings the thrill of their lives, but she's itching to return to what she does best.

After last week's one-point win over Bulleen, Canberra faces Logan at home this Saturday before Jackson's projected return against the Flames.

''November 2 is still the plan unless something changes, but that hasn't changed yet,'' Jackson said.


''I've just been receiving treatment at the AIS, same old, same old.''

The star centre's unavailability against the Boomers was expected to hurt an undersized Canberra.

But Jackson was reassured by the Capitals' tenacity, led by the youngster filling her shoes in Samantha Norwood. ''I think anybody who was watching me would have told you I was having a fit watching on the bench about certain things,'' Jackson said.

''Bulleen's got about three girls my size, but Sam and Biz [Brigitte Ardossi] and the girls showed a lot of heart. Hopefully we can keep growing on that and not take any steps backward.''

Capitals coach Carrie Graf said the 31-year-old would return to the training court next week.

''She'll be back on court a little bit next week and certainly be ready to play our games against Sydney as per the plan originally,'' Graf said.

The Bourne sisters were hand-picked to star in the show after it interviewed several junior Canberra basketballers. When their mum told them to stay home from school they knew something was up, but Jackson's visit was a surprise until she joined them to shoot hoops in their backyard.

''It was funny because they had no idea and they had to smuggle me in, they were so focused they didn't even turn around when I said hello,'' Jackson said.

The ACT junior representative also received some tips from Jackson, and to say it was a surreal experience would be an understatement.

''We watch her play WNBA on TV and she's a big role model for us,'' Callie, 13, said. ''We were really surprised when Lauren turned up and they were filming, and we had to take it all in.''