Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has restated his belief that Troy Parrott is not ready for first-team Premier League football, despite the every-growing injury list at White Hart Lane.
Spurs look like being without Son Heung-min for the rest of the season after the South Korea international underwent surgery on a broken arm suffered in Sunday's 3-2 win against Aston Villa.
It is a major blow for Tottenham, who already look set to be without Harry Kane for the rest of the season, given the fact Son has scored six goals in the last five games.
The club have said that the South Korean will will be out for a "number of weeks" but Mourinho is much more pessimistic.
"I don't count on him again this season," he said ahead of Tottenham's Champions League tie with RB Leipzig.
"If he plays two or three games then it's because he (the press officer) is very optimistic, but I'm not counting on him."
Mourinho described the news as heartbreaking and says that he must now "play without a striker".
But when asked whether he would call on Ireland underage international Parrott, Mourinho was dismissive. "My thoughts are that Troy Parrott is not ready," he said.
"The situation couldn't be worse in terms of options," Mourinho said. "I think that's a very, very, very obvious situation. There is nothing that you can do.
"We are going to play with the players we have available. The players are going to give absolutely everything which is what they are doing. In some periods I was worried about not having attacking options on the bench.
"Now I don't have attacking options on the pitch.
"So again, analogies apart, are we going to give up or are we going to fight the way we can? We are going to fight the way we can."
The timing could not be worse for Spurs given they are entering a possible season-defining period, with the two-legged Champions League tie with the Bundesliga side and games against top-four rivals Chelsea, Wolves and Manchester United in the next four weeks.