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Ivan Cleary is ‘hospitalised’ for blood clots in his legs after missing Penrith’s win over Newcastle

Ivan Cleary has been ‘hospitalized’ for blood clots in his legs after missing out on Penrith’s win over Newcastle – his THIRD absence this season for health reasons

  • Ivan Cleary was hospitalized on Monday to be treated for blood clots
  • Panthers coach was admitted to the ICU last week with leg problems
  • Cleary missed Penrith’s 42-6 win over Newcastle on Sunday
  • He sat out the Panthers’ games in round 9 and 10 with a knee infection

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was reportedly hospitalized on Monday after missing Penrith’s win against Newcastle the day before.

Cleary was not in the coaching box against the Knights ‘because of medical advice’ and he was replaced by assistant Cameron Ciraldo for the reigning Prime Ministers’ 42-6 demolition of Newcastle.

According to Nine News SydneyCleary was admitted to the ICU last week and is now being treated for blood clots in his legs, a development described as ‘quite serious’.

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Ivan Cleary is being treated for blood clots in his legs after being taken to hospital

The win against the Knights was the third game Cleary has missed this season due to knee problems.

He sat out Penrith’s loss to Parramatta in round 9 after being seen training on crutches the week before the match.

Penrith attributed his absence to a knee infection that required surgery and the 51-year-old was also absent the following week after undergoing a second procedure.

“Clary is battling an ongoing knee infection and underwent a second knee surgery this week,” the club said in a statement at the time.

Cleary was spotted training on crutches last month and missed two games

Cleary was spotted training on crutches last month and missed two games

Together with his son Nathan (left), Cleary led the Panthers to their third premiership last year

Together with his son Nathan (left), Cleary led the Panthers to their third premiership last year

“Following medical advice and with a compromised long-term prognosis, the head coach believes a stay in Brisbane would not add value to the team under the current circumstances.”

Cleary is in his second stint as Panthers coach after returning to Penrith in 2019, where he led the club from 2012 to 2015.

Last year, he led the Panthers to their third premiership when Penrith South defeated Sydney 14-12 in the grand final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

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