Midfielder Owen Garvan would have been in Crystal Palace's 25-man Premier League squad had he shown a better attitude, according to manager Ian Holloway.
Having featured in the first three matches of the season, the 25-year-old was the most surprising omission from a Palace squad bolstered by a flurry of late transfer activity.
It was a decision Garvan did not take well and led him to take a thinly-veiled swipe at Holloway on Twitter, posting: "I'll be here longer then he will.trust me".
The Palace boss would not confirm whether action had been taken against Garvan for the tweet, but suggested the midfielder only had himself to blame.
"He hasn't said anything to me," Holloway said.
"If it has been on Twitter, who knows what you can trust on that sort of site. All I can say is there is no player in the world who doesn't want to be selected.
"The rules of the competition are that if you have more than 25 players you have to de-select some. That is just it.
"What I hope is that they will all get to clubs where they can play and their players will kick on.
"It might yet be here, particularly with Owen. He was really close to being selected.
"In fact if it wasn't for a conversation we had the week before, because he wasn't going to be in the starting XI, he would have been in my 25.