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Lions worry over Troy


Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

Troy Parrott. Photo: Getty Images

Millwall could be headed for a club v country row with Ireland as Lions boss Gary Rowett says he will not be happy if Troy Parrott is called up by the Republic this week.

Parrott, on loan from Spurs, has made just one appearance for Millwall this season due to injury, though he is now back in training with the Championship club. But Rowett fears that the 18-year-old will be named in the Ireland squad for a triple header of games against England, Wales and Finland. Parrott was a key player for Stephen Kenny at U-21 level but has been unable to feature for his senior team due to injury.

"Troy is not far away. He's back into modified training with the group, although we're not doing a lot of training which makes it a challenge," Rowett said.

"Possibly he'll go away with Ireland, although I don't think that's the best course of action. But I don't think we can stop him from being called up. It might be that, worst-case scenario, it gives him a chance to get some more training, so we'll see. I'm hoping that by the end of this international break he'll be back fully fit and ready."

Kenny, without a win in five games as senior team boss, names his squad for the three games ahead, with injury concerns over Seamus Coleman and a lack of game time for Darren Randolph, Jayson Molumby, Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Aaron Connolly.