Aaron Lennon insists he will not be made a ‘scapegoat’ for Tottenham’s Champions League thrashing by Real Madrid.
The Spurs winger withdrew from the starting XI just minutes before kick-off of the quarter-final first leg at Santiago Bernabeu due to illness.
That forced a last-second reshuffle from manager Harry Redknapp with Jermaine Jenas drafted into the midfield.
Lennon has been upset at suggestions his problem only came to light just moments before the game and insists the Spurs staff knew of his illness for several days and had prescribed antibiotics at the weekend.
Lennon wrote on his Twitter feed: “Saying I fell ill before the game is bull****.
“I fell ill on Sunday morning where the med team put me on antibiotics, but only got worse before Tuesday.
“Believe me, this is one game I did not want to miss and still devo now!!!! But will not be made a scapegoat saying they only knew just before KO.”