USA TODAY Sports 12:37p.m. EST January 21, 20
The injury news for the Cleveland Cavaliers got worse Monday morning when it was announced that center Anderson Varejao has a blood clot in his lung and will be out the rest of the season.
Varejao had been out with an ankle injury. He was leading the league in rebounding at the time of that injury.
“Clearly our players’ health is our top concern and we are disappointed for Anderson, and his family,” Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said in a statement. “We know what a competitor he is and how much he wants to be on the court helping his teammates. In the meantime, he has our full support and we look forward to welcoming him back as he recovers.”
The team released a statement on his injury:
Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao recently developed a blood clot (small right lower lung pulmonary embolism) and was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last Thursday (January 17th). He is being treated with blood thinners (anticoagulants) and is expected to stay at the Clinic for several days, while undergoing treatment and observation. He will need to remain on blood thinning medication for approximately three months. While Varejao is expected to fully recover, he will miss the remainder of the current Cavaliers season.