Eric Gay, Associated Press
Australia basketball center Lauren Jackson, left, is set to have surgery on her ankle soon.

SEATTLE (AP) — Australian and WNBA star Lauren Jackson will undergo surgery on a nagging right ankle injury after the Olympics are over.

A statement released by the Australia Olympic Committee said Jackson has an impingement at the front of her right ankle joint. She has required repeated injections to compete in Beijing and will have arthroscopic surgery in Sydney next week.

The Australians are scheduled to play China in the Olympic semifinals on Thursday night.

The surgery likely will force Jackson to miss the rest of the WNBA regular season with the Seattle Storm.