Monday 23 September 2019

Parrott may have to wait for green light

Troy Parrott. Photo: Sportsfile
Troy Parrott. Photo: Sportsfile

The Dublin public may be awaiting a rare glimpse on home soil of teenage prospect Troy Parrott this week but Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny has warned there are no guarantees that the Spurs starlet will feature.

Kenny is continuing preparations for a double header in the U21 European Championship qualifiers, at home to Armenia on Friday and away to Sweden on Tuesday. He is pleased with the shape of his squad, with only a couple of withdrawals (Michael Obafemi and Nathan Collins) and none of Kenny's kids called up to the senior panel. Injury forced Parrott to miss the U-17 Euro finals and also denied him an U-21 debut last March, so there will be interest see Parrott in green this week.

"This is his first time in with us. Troy is only 17, and we have quite a few strikers," says Kenny, who name-checked Aaron Connolly, Adam Idah and Jonathan Afolabi.

"Troy is only finding his feet in with the group. So we'll see how it goes, but competition is very competitive. There is no guarantees for any of the players.

"He's not played 90 minutes, really, in a year, he's not played many matches really since I took over."

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