Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao needs surgery to repair a torn leg muscle and could miss two more months, a major blow to a young Cleveland team struggling through another miserable season.
The NBA’s leading rebounder, Varejao got hurt in a Dec. 18 game against Toronto. The injury was initially diagnosed by team doctors as only a bruised right knee, but as his symptoms persisted, more tests were performed and revealed a “longitudinal split” between Varejao’s quadriceps and knee. Also, ultrasound imaging revealed tissue underneath the muscle tear was herniating.
Varejao will have surgery on Thursday, and the team said he will be sidelined a minimum of six to eight weeks. The team said Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., provided a second opinion on the injury.