Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao who is the National Basketball Association (NBA) leading rebounder this season who suffered an injury to his right knee on December 18 in a basketball versus the Toronto Raptors.
The team doctors said the injury to Varejao's knee was a bruise but when the pain persisted Varejao went to see a doctor who gave him further tests revealed the injury to his right knee was a "long itudinal split" between his quadriceps and his knee.
Varejao will have surgery on his right knee on Thursday. Varejao is expected to be on the sidelines for six to eight weeks. Dr. Richard Steadman from Vail Colorado gave Varejao a second opinion of his injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team has its share of players getting injured. Kyrie Irving missed 11 games this season due to a broken finger.
Due to the injury to Varejao the Cavaliers will have to rely on Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller to replace Varejao during his absence.
The Cavaliers officials were hoping to trade Varejao to another team for draft picks to rebuild their team but that plan has put on hold.
Cleveland Cavaliers basketball coach Byron Scott said "When you have a big blow like this, you're going to have get a golden opportunity. When you have an injury like this there is always a silver lining."
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