Purdue freshman Jaden Ivey’s foot problem is worse than initially thought.

Ivey played 17 minutes and scored 12 points against Liberty on Wednesday, but was a game-day scratch for Thursday’s game with Clemson. Coach Matt Painter indicated the issue was a pre-existing injury that had been bothering Ivey prior to the trip to Florida.

The loss of Ivey on the court leaves the Boilermakers in a difficult spot. Eric Hunter being out as well forces freshman Ethan Morton, who is coming off a bout with mono, to log more minutes.

Ivey will remain sidelined for Tuesday’s Oakland game.

Standing in for Painter, associate head coach Micah Shrewsberry said Ivey’s return to the floor remains uncertain.

“Right now we don’t have anything specific about his injury,” Shrewsberry said. “For us, he’ll be able to make it back for us at some point. Not tomorrow’s game but we’re hoping for the best with his rehab. We’re not sure how long he’s going to be out, but his spirits are high.

“It’s not a major injury, so he should be able to be back sooner rather than later.”