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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been diagnosed with viral meningitis and he will be sidelined for at least another week.
The Kings announced on Sunday that the 24-year-old is in a stable condition and he is expected to make a full recovery, but he continues to struggle with what the team initially called a viral infection.
Cousins has sat out the last five games with the problem and was admitted to hospital last week, but despite an improvement in his condition he is unlikely to play for another week at least.
Sacramento plays Utah on Monday and visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday before hosting the Houston Rockets on Thursday and ending the week against the Pistons on Saturday.
Cousins is not expected to play in any of those games and although his health will naturally be the biggest concern, it will be a huge blow for the franchise which had started the season so positively.
The Kings center is averaging career highs of 23.5 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. However, in his absence, Sacramento have now gone 1-4 and have fallen to 10-10 for the season which leaves them just outside the playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Nevertheless, they will hope that he makes a full recovery over the upcoming week and returns to action ahead of Christmas as they will look to launch another assault on breaking into the top eight in the West.