Millwall manager Gary Rowett is hopeful Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott will learn from a frustrating debut and not be sidelined for long after he sustained another injury.
The 18-year-old made his first appearance for the Lions since he moved to the Den on August 1 in Wednesday’s 2-0 loss at home to Burnley in the Carabao Cup.
Parrott picked up a quad injury soon after he joined on a season-long loan and has missed four games so far.
He returned to fitness for the midweek clash with the Premier League club, but struggled to make his mark and had to be withdrawn at half-time.
“Troy got a kick on the ankle early on and he is a young lad, desperate to play and he has been devastated to be injured because he wants to play games,” Rowett said.
“You could see he was struggling movement-wise. He probably should have come off (earlier) or I probably should have taken him off. It doesn’t look great, but we’ll see.
“Obviously it’s a big blow for us because we haven’t scored as many goals as we’d like anyway and Troy was brought in to give us that extra quality but at the moment he hasn’t really been available.”
Parrott was looking to help Millwall beat Burnley for the first time since February 2012, when a goal from then-loanee Harry Kane inspired the south Londoners to a 3-1 win.
After being prolific in Tottenham’s academy, the once-capped Republic of Ireland international has played twice in the top flight but was sent out on loan this term to gain more experience.
Lining up in the number 10 role behind Matt Smith, Parrott was unable to get on the ball as Burnley won the third-round tie thanks to goals from Josh Brownhill and Matej Vydra.
Rowett added: “He’s such an honest kid, who is desperate to score goals and do well for us.
“And he’s fitted in brilliantly with the group and worked incredibly hard, so it is more frustration from his point of view.
“Even when he’s struggling he wants to stay out there, so everything he is doing is for the right reasons, but he has probably got to learn if he makes the injury worse, he will be out for longer.