West Bromwich Albion have been quick to respond to criticism from Hungary coach Lothar Matthaus over their decision not to send Zoltan Gera off on international duty.
Gera has been pulled out of international duty in a bid to help clear up his long-standing groin problem.
But it was bound to raise eyebrows in Budapest following Matthaus's past well publicised run-ins with Albion boss Bryan Robson, who has twice been unhappy about Hungary's treatment of Gera. And the complaints from the controversial former German international were entirely predictable.
"West Bromwich have prevented us doing our job again," said Matthaus. "We received the information that Zoltan is unable to play for two to three weeks even though he played 90 minutes in West Brom's last game so we would like to examine him too if his injury is really so serious.
"If it is, then it is inexplicable that they don't allow him to join us so we could make sure of it too."
But Albion secretary Dr John Evans last night insisted that the club had complied correctly with Fifa regulations by phoning the Hungarian FA as soon as the decision was made for Gera not to travel on Saturday night.
"Our medical team has hidden nothing," said Evans. "And we have nothing to hide.
"It is very easy to sit there and criticise from 1,000 miles away.
"But our medical team have done everything by the book. And Hungary have every right to send a specialist over to England to examine Zoltan."
The Hungary captain was due to report to Budapest straight after Albion's defeat at Blackburn on Saturday night.
But, having already failed to reach next summer's World Cup finals in Germany as a result of losing to a lastminute goal against Sweden a month ago, their final two matches had become meaningless. And Gera will now play no part in the Group Eight games against Bulgaria on Saturday and Croatia four days later.
More worryingly, he is also considered a big doubt for Albion's next game at home to Arsenal on Saturday week.
"Zoltan has a long-standing groin problem which has been getting progressively worse," said Robson. "He's seen a specialist, had a scan and is going back to the specialist to have treatment.
"And it is hard to see him being fit for the Arsenal game at this stage."
While surgery remains a possibility, Robson is hoping that treatment and rest can help restore last season's prize capture to his former standards.
While Gera has pulled out, Albion's list of players on international duty this week still remains at seven, following Curtis Davies's England Under-21s call-up.
The Baggies defender has been named as a replacement following the withdrawals of Aston Villa's Liam Ridgewell with a knee injury and Tottenham Hotspur's former Coventry City stopper Calum Davenport, who has a groin problem.
His first international call comes after just three league starts for Albion following his £3 million deadline day move to The Hawthorns from Luton Town.
But an international call was the last thing the 20-year-old Londoner would have been expecting after Saturday's nervy showing at Ewood Park.
Apart from the rash challenge which nearly gave away a second half penalty, it was his awful back pass that let in Shefki Kuqi for the second Blackburn goal.
Davies has now linked up with Peter Taylor's squad for their two European Championship qualifiers, with Austria at Elland Road on Friday ( 7.45pm) and Poland at Hillsborough next Tuesday (8pm).
Meanwhile, Albion are in for two tough away games in the space of three days later this month thanks to the combined effect of the Carling Cup and Bolton Wanderers' success in Europe.
Bolton's advance to the group stages of the Uefa Cup means that the Baggies' Premiership trip to the Reebok Stadium on October 22 will almost certainly be put back 24 hours to the Sunday.
Robson's men must then head south to Fulham on the Tuesday night for their third round Carling Cup tie at Craven Cottage.
A request for the Fulham game to be played the following night was rejected because neighbours Chelsea play Charlton Athletic the same night.