Troy Parrott will be out for the ‘foreseeable future’ after picking up a hamstring injury during Preston’s 3-2 win over Norwich City on Saturday.

Parrott came off the bench at half time to score the winning goal at Norwich, putting North End 3-2 shortly after Gabriel Sara’s equaliser.

What should have been a very sweet moment for Parrott quickly turned into a nightmare.

The Irishman has come in for criticism this season having failed to score a league goal but this – very briefly – felt like lift-off for Parrott, whose deflected strike beat Tim Krul at his near post.

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Parrott wheeled away to celebrate but was then seen in a crumpled heap on the ground.

It seemed that Parrott hurt his hamstring in his celebrations, though that has yet to actually be confirmed.

Parrott was immediately substituted and Preston have been waiting for news on the Tottenham Hotspur loanee.

That news has now arrived with boss Ryan Lowe confirming on the club’s official website that Parrott will be out for the ‘foreseeable future’.

Lowe suggests that Parrott will now be out until after the World Cup, with North End’s first fixture back coming against Blackburn Rovers on December 10th.

Lowe hailed Parrott as ‘fantastic’ even when he has been left out of the Preston side of late.

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The North End boss added that Parrott has got over the initial disappointment of his injury and is in good spirits despite the apparent two-month lay-off ahead.

This leaves Preston very short of attacking options.

Seani Maguire has played well in his last couple of appearances but his injury problems mean he has to be managed very carefully – hence his substitution at half-time against Norwich.

Emil Riis is back in form but Ched Evans is approaching a year without a goal and hasn’t really impressed this season.

Mikey O’Neill is still only a kid and Ben Woodburn isn’t really a striker, so Lowe faces a real battle for goals in the coming weeks with a striker down.

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