Panthers coach Evan Cleary was hospitalized with a blood clot in his leg, Nine’s Danny Weidler reported.
The 2021 Premiership-winning consultant missed Penrith’s game against Newcastle on Sunday, with the club blaming his absence on “medical reasons”.
“In this season of coaching frenzy and excitement, Evan’s situation hasn’t really been addressed,” Weidler told 9 News Sydney.
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“He has missed three matches this year.
“I can tell you that he was in the ICU last week where they discovered that he had a blood clot in his leg. So this is a very serious situation for Evan Cleary and the Panthers.
“He’s receiving treatment for all of this now and fortunately, he’s back home now and … hoping to work with the Panthers again tomorrow.”
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Cleary has coached the Panthers in nearly 200 games in two terms, with State of Origin father halfback Nathan Penrith returning before the 2019 season.
The 51-year-old has coached the Warriors in 154 matches and the West Tigers in 43 matches.
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He led the Panthers to a 14-12 victory over the Rabitos in the 2021 Grand Final.
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