Panthers coach Ivan Cleary’s Round 14 absence has been explained, with the premiership winning coach sitting out due to blood clots in his legs.
According to Nine’s Danny Weidler, Cleary spent a period in ICU where medical staff discovered the issue.
“In this season of coaching madness and a merry-go-round, Ivan’s situation hasn’t really been focused on,” Weidler said.
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“He has missed three games this year.
“I can tell you he was in ICU last week where they discovered he in fact has blood clots in his legs. So it’s quite a serious situation for Ivan Cleary and the Panthers.”
Luckily, Cleary is said to be back with his team on Tuesday.
“He is now getting treatment for all of that and, fortunately, he is now back at home and… hoping to be back working with the Panthers tomorrow,” Weidler said.
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Cleary handed the reins over the in-demand assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo for the Panthers Round 14 clash against the Knights.
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