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Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl played in only his second game of the year and provided a spark in the Hawkeyes' 98-84 win over Iowa State. Chad Leistikow, Hawk Central

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Cordell Pemsl’s bizarre season continues.

The Iowa forward is out for Saturday’s Hy-Vee Classic game against Northern Iowa with leg discomfort, the school announced in a pregame tweet. Pemsl continues to battle a right knee issue, stemming from hardware in his knee from a previous surgery in high school.

Iowa initially announced that Pemsl was out for the year on Nov. 27, but the 6-foot-8 junior unexpectedly returned last Thursday against Iowa State. Pemsl scored eight points in 16 minutes, showing signs that he could possibly contribute this season in some fashion.

His right knee, which contains a 4- to 6-inch metal plate and five screws, began feeling better. Even if Pemsl couldn’t practice full-go all the time, there was hope that surgery could be put on hold.

“We don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I could keep feeling better,” Pemsl told the Register last Friday. “But there’s always been some days I feel OK. There’s some days I can hardly walk, I’m in so much pain.

“That’s where I was at for a few weeks and that’s when we came to the decision to get (the plate and screws) out. But then I started to feel OK. It’s frustrating.”

Unfortunately for Pemsl, he wasn’t in the clear after Cy-Hawk. It remains to be see what his future is this season. Pemsl can play in any number of games before Iowa's Jan. 9 game at Northwestern and still qualify for a medical redshirt.  

Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at msouthard@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard.

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