SEATTLE - Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson will undergo surgery to repair the labrum in her left hip, the team announced Wednesday.

The surgery is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. The estimated recovery is 8-12 weeks.

This is a really, really tough decision, but after talking with my doctors and my family, we felt that immediate surgery is the best course of action, said Jackson. With something painful like this hip injury, I want to be especially proactive. I plan to stay in Seattle to be here with my team and try my best to be back on the court as soon as possible. My goal is to be at full strength by the end of the season.

Lauren informed me of her decision to have surgery yesterday and I offered her our full support, said Storm Head Coach Brian Agler. We will miss her a great deal, but I have a lot of confidence in our team and know they will rise to the challenge. Every member of our team now has a greater opportunity to impact our season.

The Storm just concluded a visit to the White House, celebrating the 2010 WNBA championship.

Seattle's next home game is July 9 vs. Los Angeles.

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