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Friday 20 September 2019

Teen star Troy has to wait

Stephen Kenny
Stephen Kenny

The Dublin public may be awaiting a rare glimpse on home soil of teenage prospect Troy Parrott this week but Ireland U21 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 U17 Euro finals, held in Ireland in May, and also denied him an U21 debut last March, so there will be interest from the Dublin soccer public to 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 they will be starting.

"He's not played 90 minutes, really, in a year, he's not played many matches really since I took over. He's obviously had a rib injury and then an ankle injury.

"He is a bright young talent, a great person with a great attitude. He just needs a consistent run of games, Spurs were managing his load as he can't play everything. It's good to have him in the squad," added Kenny.

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