Nuggets backup forward diagnosed with viral infection, will be out indefinitely.
Forward Juancho Hernangomez has been diagnosed with mononucleosis, the Denver Nuggets announced on Tuesday. The illness, known commonly as mono, will likely take the second-year Spaniard off the court for several weeks.
Hernangomez did not play in the Nuggets’ 109-104 home loss to the Washington Wizards on Monday due to a “undisclosed illness.” As a result, he did not travel with the team for Wednesday’s match up with the Hornets.
The flu-like symptoms of mono usually take around four to six weeks to clear up. However, there’s no certainty in that estimate. It’s probable that Hernangomez will be out for at least a month while he recovers. For now, the Nuggets have listed his expected return as “indefinite.”
It’s unclear when the backup forward contracted mono, but it has likely contributed to his sluggish play so far. Hernangomez did not score a basket and played only 13 minutes in the first two games. The Nuggets expected more after picking him to serve as Wilson Chandler’s backup at small forward. with the illness, Denver will have to rely on the newly-signed Richard Jefferson to fill that role.