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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 22: Coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets watches on as they play against the Washington Wizardson November 22, 2017 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Brock Williams-Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Charlotte Hornets announced Thursday that head coach Steve Clifford has been cleared to return from medical leave next week. 

Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 with an undisclosed health issue, will rejoin the club for a practice on Tuesday before the Hornets host the Washington Wizards at Spectrum Center on Wednesday. 

According to the Charlotte Observer‘s Rick Bonnell, Clifford “has been suffering from severe headachesa condition that started before this seasonand has been working with doctors to establish the best course of preventive treatment going forward.”

Hornets assistant Stephen Silas has filled in for Clifford as the team’s interim head coach over the past month-plus. 

During that stretch, Charlotte has gone 6-11 and has been outscored by an average of 1.8 points per 100 possessions, according to

The Hornets, who are 15-24 overall, will be busy before Clifford returns with games against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday and Detroit Pistons on Monday. 

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