NRL premiership-winning coach Ivan Cleary has skilled a nasty well being scare, with a blood clot from his leg spreading to his lungs forcing him into ICU.

In consequence, the Penrith mentor has been prevented from flying to Redcliffe for the reigning premiers’ match towards the Warriors on Saturday.

However an upbeat Cleary, who missed final weekend’s win over Newcastle, downplayed the scare on Thursday, saying the clot “wasn’t as dramatic” because it sounds.

“I had a little bit little bit of a scare on the weekend,” Cleary mentioned. “I had a blood clot in my leg, which ended up in my lungs as properly. Clearly as soon as that occurs you get despatched straight to the hospital.

“I bought very well sorted and by chance I’ve bought a very good workforce behind me and we bought one other win up. I’m all proper. It’s a little bit of a drag however we’ll get there.”

Cleary mentioned the blood clot had been brought on by an ongoing subject along with his knee, which grew to become contaminated earlier within the season and had twice been operated on earlier than the clot emerged.

However the coach mentioned he might see a lightweight on the finish of the tunnel and was planning to be again on deck for Penrith’s conflict with the Sydney Roosters on July 1.

“I’ve simply bought to be on treatment for some time,” he mentioned.

His absence will current long-serving assistant Cameron Ciraldo wiith one other audition for a head teaching job, which Cleary concedes might come at a rival club as early as subsequent yr.

Canterbury, Wests Tigers and the Warriors are all on the lookout for a head coach with Ciraldo linked to all of them.

Cleary warned his right-hand man to not transfer to the improper club.

“In fact I’d like him to remain,” Cleary mentioned. “However he’s my mate and I’d like to assist him as properly in his personal profession and what he needs.

“I’ve had some expertise that I might assist him with however he’s a sensible man and he’s simply working by means of it.

“One factor’s for certain, in the event you don’t take the suitable job it’s a reasonably quick profession.”

Cleary mentioned Craig Fitzgibbon had offered the right template for Ciraldo, as the previous Sydney Roosters star served as Trent Robinson’s long-term assistant earlier than taking over the main function with Cronulla.

“He was in all probability in the same place to Cam for a really very long time and it seems like he’s in all probability landed a reasonably good (job),” Cleary added, with the Sharks destined to play finals soccer this season.


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