Millwall manager Gary Rowett hopes Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott's eagerness to impress on his competitive debut for the Lions will not cost him a lengthy spell on the sidelines after he sustained an ankle injury.
At the end of August Parrott was forced to withdraw from Stephen Kenny's Ireland squad for the Nations League games against Bulgaria and Finland after sustaining a quad strain in a 3-0 friendly win over Southend United.
The 18-year-old started in Wednesday's 2-0 loss at home to Burnley in the Carabao Cup, but struggled to make his mark against the Premier League club and had to be withdrawn at half-time. The injury is being assessed, but he'll almost certainly miss the Sky Bet Championship match against London rivals Brentford on Saturday.
"Troy got a kick on the ankle early on and he is a young lad, desperate to play and he has been devastated to be injured because he wants to play games," Rowett said.
"You could see he was struggling movement-wise. He probably should have come off (earlier) or I probably should have taken him off. It doesn't look great, but we’ll see.
"Obviously it’s a big blow for us because we haven’t scored as many goals as we’d like anyway and Troy was brought in to give us that extra quality, but at the moment he hasn’t really been available."
Parrott was looking to help Millwall beat Burnley for the first time since February 2012, when a goal from then-loanee Harry Kane inspired the south Londoners to a 3-1 win.
"Even when he's struggling he wants to stay out there, so everything he is doing is for the right reasons, but he has probably got to learn if he makes the injury worse, he will be out for longer"
After being prolific in Tottenham’s academy, the once-capped Ireland international has played twice in the top flight, but was sent out on loan this term to gain more experience.
Lining up in the number 10 role behind Matt Smith, Parrott was unable to get on the ball as Burnley won the third-round tie thanks to goals from Josh Brownhill and Matej Vydra.
Rowett added: "He’s such an honest kid, who is desperate to score goals and do well for us.
"And he’s fitted in brilliantly with the group and worked incredibly hard, so it is more frustration from his point of view.
"Even when he’s struggling he wants to stay out there, so everything he is doing is for the right reasons, but he has probably got to learn if he makes the injury worse, he will be out for longer.
"He is a bright lad and it is disappointing so far we’ve not really had him available, but hopefully it is not too serious and he will be available soon."
Fellow Republic of Ireland prospect Jimmy Dunne ensured Parrott and Smith were kept quiet as he starred alongside Burnley debutant Bobby Thomas.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was also involved for the Clarets in a competitive game for the first time since he joined from Leeds last summer and impressed boss Sean Dyche.
"We like Bailey a lot and he is developing physically. We thought he came in and was too skinny, so he has put on a good bit of bulk," Dyche said.
"The only reason he didn’t play in the last round was because after lockdown, Nick Pope didn’t play a lot of football.
"He went away with England and we thought he may have a chance, but didn’t play so that’s why Bailey didn’t play the last round – we wanted to give Popey a competitive 90. We planned on Bailey playing at Millwall and he has done well."
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