Millwall manager Gary Rowett explains Troy Parrott’s half-time substitution against Burnley

MILLWALL boss Gary Rowett revealed Troy Parrott suffered a kick to the ankle before the Ireland international was forced off at half-time in the 2-0 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday.

Parrott was making his debut for Millwall against the Clarets but didn’t look comfortable from early on in the first half.

Josh Brownhill and Mayej Vydra scored at the end of each half to send Burnley through to play Bournemouth or Manchester City in the fourth round.

“Troy picked up an injury early on, it was affecting his movement so he had to come off at half-time,” Rowett said.

“He got a kick on the ankle. Maybe for Troy, he’s a young lad who’s desperate to play. He was devastated being injured early on in the season. He wants to play games.

“It’s probably a good lesson for him. He’s stayed out there and tried to continue – he’s done it for the right reasons – when you could see he was struggling movement-wise.

“He probably should have just come off or I probably should have taken him off. It doesn’t look great but we’ll see.

“It’s a big blow for us because we haven’t scored as many goals as we’d like anyway. Troy was brought in to give us that extra quality but he’s not really been available.”

“He’s such an honest kid, he’s come here to score goals and do well for us. He’s fitted in brilliantly into the group and worked incredibly hard. It’s more frustration from his point of view. He’s an 18-year-old lad but even when he’s struggling he wants to stay out there.

“Everything he’s trying to do for the right reasons, but he’s got to learn that if he makes the injury worse he’s going to be out for a lot longer.

“He’s a bright lad and it’s disappointing so far we’ve not had him available. Hopefully it’s not too serious and he’ll be available soon.”

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