Ireland U-19 manager Tom Mohan has been dealt another blow ahead of next week's Euro finals after Mauricio Pochettino decided to keep Troy Parrott with the Tottenham squad.
Up to 10 of Mohan's first-choice players will be missing in Armenia after clubs invoked their right not to release their cadets for a tournament falling out of the FIFA international windows. Parrott had been an integral part of Mohan's squad for the past two seasons, initiating their drive to a first qualification since 2011 by notching four goals in the first series of three qualifiers last October.
Pochettino's admiration for the 17-year-old has since curbed his international exploits. Concerns over his fitness and game-time meant he was unavailable to Stephen Kenny for the U21 games in March and June.
The Dubliner was back in fine fettle at Hotspur Way yesterday at the first day of pre-season training for Spurs. Pochettino fast-tracked Parrott into his first-team squad last Christmas and plans to use him in pre-season.
There are also doubts over the availability of Jason Knight. While Frank Lampard was willng to allow the Derby County powerful travel to Yerevan, his replacement Phillip Cocu is running his eye over him during their training camp in America.
The Boys in Green open their campaign in Yerevan on Monday against Norway. They complete their group by facing France and Czech Republic aiming for a top-two finish to seal a semi-final spot.