Troy Parrott received a positive update on a leg injury sustained playing for Tottenham Hotspur's Under-23s last night, but the Dubliner looks certain to miss the Republic of Ireland's UEFA European Under-17 Championships campaign.
Ireland boss Colin O'Brien had left the door open for Parrott to link up with the squad ahead of Friday's tournament opener against Greece at Tallaght Stadium.
O'Brien had been in talks with Spurs over the release of Parrott for the tournament, which is being played on Irish soil.
However, the attacker was stretchered during last night's game against Derby after coming out the wrong side of a challenge.
Parrott tweeted this morning: "Very important win last night, the boys were excellent, thankfully the X-ray went well and there’s no broken bones... I’ll be back soon."
Although the injury could have been worse - Parrott was in some discomfort as he left the field - it's a setback that surely rules him out of the Euros.
Ireland face the Greeks on Friday, the Czech Republic at the RSC on Monday and then Belgium in Tallaght the following Thursday. That's three games in six days, a tough schedule that will stretch the Boys in Green to the limit.
Parrott will most likely rehab back at Spurs and set his sights on the Under-19s Euros in Armenia in July with Tom Mohan's team. He may well have featured in Stephen Kenny's first game as Under-21 boss too but had to pull out of the squad to face Luxembourg with a toe problem.
Republic of Ireland Under-17 Squad
Goalkeepers: Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City), Jimmy Corcoran (Preston North End), Harry Halwax (Derby County)
Defenders: Sean McEvoy (Ballinmallard United), Anselmo Garcia McNulty (Real Betis), Luke Turner (Aberdeen), Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City), Timi Sobowale (Manchester City), James Furlong (Shamrock Rovers)
Midfielders: Charlie McCann (Manchester United), Joe Hodge (Manchester City), Brandon Holt (St Patrick's Athletic), Seamas Keogh (Southampton), Ronan McKinley (Derry City), Sean Kennedy (Sunderland), Festy Ebsoele (Derby County)
Forwards: Matt Everitt (Brighton & Hove Albion), Conor Carty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Joshua Giurgi (Norwich City)
Fixtures - Group A
Friday, 3 May: Republic of Ireland v Greece, Tallaght Stadium, 7pm
Monday, 6 May: Republic of Ireland v Czech Republic, RSC Waterford, 7pm
Thursday, 9 May: Republic of Ireland v Belgium, Tallaght Stadium, 7pm