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Cleary's out of hospital, back in lineup

by Bill Roose / Detroit Red Wings

Danny Cleary, who had a cyst rupture behind his knee Wednesday, will be back in the Red Wings' lineup Thursday vs. Vancouver. (Photo by Getty Images)
VANCOUVER, British Columbia Danny Cleary is out of the hospital and back in the Red Wings’ lineup in time for tonight’s Western Conference showdown with the Canucks at Rogers Arena.

Cleary has had a cyst behind his knee that has been an issue for the last two months, and on Wednesday it landed him in a Vancouver hospital after it ruptured, causing fluid to drain in his calf, he said.

“We were worried about a blood clot, that's why I went to the hospital,” Cleary said. “It's swollen, at some point I got to get it drained, but the time is not now.”

Cleary played in Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory at Calgary, even assisting on Drew Miller’s third-period goal. But by Wednesday morning, the pain had gotten so bad that he went to the hospital.

Cleary, along with Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard were given the day off from practice on Wednesday. While coach Mike Babcock joked after Wednesday’s practice that he told Datsyuk and Howard to stay away from the rink and rest, Babcock said that Cleary, “Had something with his leg and gave him a day off. Nothing major at all. Just a little swelling.”

Cleary identified the cyst as a Baker’s cyst, which is swelling in the back of the knee joint usually brought on by arthritis or torn cartilage.

“It's got a lot of fluid in there, knee is sore, there's a lot of fluid,” he said.

Cleary, who has an assist in each of the last two games, has 10 goals and 13 assists in 51 games this season.

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