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Rushing Jackson back not worth risk for Capitals

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Chris Dutton

The Canberra Capitals are focused on Lauren Jackson's longevity and refuse to rush her back as it becomes increasingly unlikely she will play before the end of the year.

The Capitals' marquee recruit is yet to play a game this season - the first of a four-year third-part deal worth $1 million - as she battles back and hamstring injuries.

With the Capitals to play six games in the next four weeks, coach Carrie Graf said it was unlikely Jackson would play as her health took priority over winning games in the remaining rounds before the Christmas break.

Jackson, one of the world's best players, has been given time to recuperate in her home town of Albury.

''It's frustrating for everyone, for her as an athlete first and foremost,'' Graf said. ''But it's about making sure it's [the injury] right and the thing is about Loz's longevity.

''It would be crazy to bring her back too soon and impact her in the coming years and the rest of the season, she's signed a long-term deal here.

''We didn't anticipate the injury to be as bad as it has been, but we're really conscious to make sure when she comes back she's not still injured and she can play for a long time.''

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