A decision on Lauren Jackson's availability is imminent but Australian Opals teammate Marianna Tolo insists the squad still has the front court depth to contend for gold at the Rio Olympic Games.

Opals coach Brendan Joyce expects to have a clearer idea of the status of Jackson, who has undergone successive knee surgeries, after she is tested on Monday before the first pre-Olympic camp in Canberra from Tuesday.

Tolo will attend the camp but is also on the comeback trail from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and expects to be back on court by June.

Jackson's chances of suiting up at Rio in August are considered slim, but Tolo believes the talent is there to compensate as the Opals undergo generational change.

Veteran Belinda Snell was the major omission from the camp as the Opals look to build on a bronze medal at the 2014 world championships.

The Opals didn't have Elizabeth Cambage (injury) and Canberra Capital Abby Bishop (personal reasons) for that tournament, but both are back on deck.

"Hopefully she [Jackson] is with us but if she isn't, we'll move on with the group we do have," Tolo said.

"I think we're pretty strong in the 'bigs' spots. Having Liz back and Abby potentially, the other 'bigs' in contention as well like Cayla [George], Elyse Penaluna and Laura [Hodges].

"Basketball's a team sport in the end and one player can make an impact, but doesn't always have to.

The Opals have won medals at every Olympics or world championships except 2010 since 1996, and a largely new group will be entrusted with improving on bronze at London.

"On one hand it was such a good era and one we maybe won't have again," Tolo said

"Snelly was one of the best for a very long time and having new players in is good for us because we need that."

Tolo has been rehabbing with Bishop, who carried a hamstring injury through the Capitals' WNBL season, at Canberra's Centre of Excellence.

"I see Abby all the time and we do some stuff together, it's good to have her there to train with and be around.

"She's going through the same thing and it's someone to push yourself against and help motivate each other to get better."

Tolo is confident the squad will deal with the fallout from the "blackface" fancy dress incident involving Cambage and Alice Kunek.

"There was a bit of controversy but we'll work that out as a team and I think we deal with things the right way and we'll handle that within ourselves and move together as a group," she said.

Tolo is working feverishly to get back on deck and press her Olympic claims, with a first-up test against host national Brazil the highlight.

"That's huge," Tolo said.

"It's exciting because you know you're going to play against a sixth man, the crowd is going to be big.

"Everything is going to be crazy and if I get the opportunity to be there I'm really looking forward to that."

The 26-year-old is yet to decide on her club future. Tolo has a house in Canberra and the Capitals are an option, but it is understood European clubs have also shown interest. "It is still a wait and see thing," she said.

"I'm weighing up a couple of options at the moment and waiting to see a few things and will probably make a decision in the not too distant future."

 

This article was written by Jon Tuxworth from Sydney Morning Herald and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.