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Brian Vickers: 'I will be back in January'

Updated: September 3, 2010, 1:53 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Red Bull Racing driver Brian Vickers announced Saturday he has been medically cleared to return to the Sprint Cup series next season.

Vickers said in late May that he would take the rest of this season off after blood clots were discovered in his left leg and lungs. Since then, a clot also was discovered in a finger in his left hand.

That led to extensive tests that determined he had a hole between the right and left atrium in his heart, as well as May-Thurner ...

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