email@example.com Troy Parrott was set to undergo a scan on his injured ankle yesterday – with Millwall manager Gary Rowett admitting the Tottenham loanee’s desire to play on has potentially not aided his cause.
The 18-year-old striker made his Lions debut in Wednesday night’s 2-0 EFL Cup loss to Burnley.
But Parrott, who had missed the start of the campaign with a quad problem, was replaced by Mason Bennett at the break.
“He went in for a tackle quite early on and opened his ankle a little bit,” said Rowett. “It is a good learning curve for him – he was so desperate to be out there.
“He stayed on and kept saying he was okay, but realistically he was probably moving at 70 or 80 per cent.
“Troy will probably go and have a scan today [Thursday] and we’ll see the extent of the damage.
“It might end up being nothing but the ankle was quite swollen when he left the ground on Wednesday night – that usually indicates there is some damage.”
If Parrott is ruled out for a significant period of time it is likely to mean that Rowett will need to bring in another attacking option.
The Lions have high hopes that Parrott – already capped at senior level by the Republic of Ireland – can give them an extra dimension in attack.
“I was trying to say to Troy when he had the quad injury that there was no reason to rush back – we’ve still got 44 league matches to play,” said Rowett. “In six games time we’ll still have 38 to go – that’s a full Premier League season. There is certainly plenty of opportunities and games to get out there.
“The frustration is that we could see his quality in pre-season. He scored two really well-taken goals and he only needs half a chance. He is the type of player who can make a difference – because we don’t score loads and loads of goals.
“In the game against Burnley we had chances but we just didn’t have the composure or clinical edge about us. Injuries are part and parcel of the game and we move forward as best we can.”
Rowett rested centre-back Jake Cooper in midweek with Jed Wallace an unused sub. Tomorrow the Lions host Brentford.
“It’s such a tough scenario at the moment,” said the Lions chief. “You can play your best team every game and run the risk of injuries or fatigue with such a busy October and November coming up. We have to utilise the squad.”
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