Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

11.58 30 May 2020


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Republic of Ireland striker Troy Parrott will miss the restart of the Premier League season after having his appendix removed.

Tottenham say the teenager, who made his senior Ireland debut against New Zealand last year, will resume training in late June.

"The young striker was found to have early signs of appendicitis after reporting abdominal pain to our medical staff," the Premier League side announced in a statement.

"He will now undergo a period of recovery before commencing rehabilitation and returning to training later in June."

The Dubliner has played four times in all competitions for Spurs this season, with manager Jose Mourinho insisting he's not yet ready for regular first-team football.

Parrott has scored 11 goals in his seven appearances for Tottenham's underage teams this year and Mourinho said in March that he was pleased with the attitude shown by the 18-year-old when dropping down to play:

“I told him: ‘Every time you play with the kids of your age, you have to show your colleagues why you are the privileged one.’ Because it was something he was not doing. Every time he was playing with the kids, he was playing with the mentality of, ‘I shouldn’t be here’ or, ‘I am too good to be here.’

“I had exactly the same words with Scott McTominay. He was not loved in his age group because he was not there with the right frame of mind. The moment we started changing that lots of things started changing for him.

“Troy cannot go there  to the under‑age teams with discontent, contempt. It is a process. So everything goes very, very well. But this is a world where lots of people don’t even know if Troy has long hair or short hair, or is blond or is dark. They don’t even know that and they speak about Troy, Troy, Troy. There was a guy behind me on the bench the other day: ‘Play Troy, play Troy.’ I don’t think he knows Troy.”


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