Troy Parrott could make his long-awaited Championship debut for Millwall against Cardiff City this weekend – with Lions boss Gary Rowett hinting as a possible start for the teenager.
Parrott has been plagued with injuries since joining from Tottenham on-loan – missing the first few league matches with a muscle problem, before suffering ankle ligament damage on his Lions debut against Burnley back in late-September.
However, the Spurs man has been working hard in training and looks set to be involved against ex-Millwall boss Neil Harris’ Bluebirds side.
Parrott played 45 minutes for Republic of Ireland U21s against Iceland on Sunday, before a number of absentees saw the 18-year-old called into the senior squad.
He then played the final five minutes of Ireland’s goalless draw with Bulgaria in the Nations League on Wednesday evening, and Rowett admitted that if Parrott returns unscathed, he’ll be in the squad to face the South Wales outfit on Saturday.
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Rowett told the South London Press: “If he comes back fit then he’ll be involved. The decision moving forward is whether we start him or use him off the bench.
“It’s like anything, if you have got someone you feel can score goals and you feel you’re at a point where it isn’t a risk then he’s going to start a game for us.
“That’s why he has been brought in – to play. And he’s been brought in to make a bit of a difference. We know h’s only young but we feel he’s got enough quality.”
Finally, this is the news that all Millwall fans, and Tottenham fans to an extent, have been desperately waiting to hear following an increasingly frustrating few months for the youngster.
Parrott was brought in to score goals, and with the Lions approaching five-hours without finding the net in the Championship, this is a major boost for their strike-department.
However, despite Rowett hinting at a potential starting place, the Millwall boss needs to carefully monitor Parrott’s fitness, especially after what happened to him in that EFL Cup against Burnley.