Ohio State forward Justice Sueing will be out for an "extended period of time," according to a team release Thursday.
The fifth-year senior forward missed Ohio State's game against Bowling Green on Monday after having a lingering injury evaluated, and Buckeye head coach Chris Holtmann called the issue a "significant" one after the game. Per the release, Sueing has an abdominal injury, although it had previously been described as a "lower body injury" in Monday's availability report.
“We look forward to getting Justice back when he is healthy,” Holtmann said in a statement. “I’m disappointed for him because I know how much he is looking forward to his senior year. I know he will rest, rehab and be ready to go when he is healthy.”
The release states that Sueing is expected to to return "sometime this season." Sueing started all 31 games for the Buckeyes last season, and was named a captain before the start of the 2021-22 campaign.
Holtmann said Sueing has dealt with the injury since the end of last season, although he thought he had made a full recovery over the offseason until he began experiencing issues again right before the season started.
“I’m not gonna minimize the importance of Justice or Justice’s health to this team,” Holtmann said after Monday's game. “We certainly anticipated a healthy Justice to start the season, and I think planned around all of what he could give us. He’s unique, because there’s not another Justice-type player on our roster that has the ability at his size to play downhill and guard multiple positions."
The Buckeyes take on Xavier at 6:30 p.m. on the road on Thursday.