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Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov blames Northern Ireland duty for Warren Feeney injury

By Stuart McKinley

Nigel Worthington last night hit back at Oldham Athletic manager Paul Dickov, telling him ‘you’ve got it wrong’ after he slammed the Northern Ireland boss over the treatment of striker Warren Feeney.

Dickov was forced to face Notts County on Saturday without Feeney is his attack, a groin injury ruling out the 29-year-old striker as Oldham went to the top of League One.

And Dickov put the blame for Feeney’s absence on Worthington for playing him for 45 minutes in last week’s friendly against Montenegro.

“The Tranmere game (on the opening day of the season) was Warren’s first 90 minutes for a long time and he complained afterwards that his groins were stiff,” said Dickov.

“When Warren reported for international duty on Monday he told the Irish officials he was struggling, but for whatever reason he played 45 minutes up front on his own in what was only a friendly.”

Worthington isn’t happy that the finger of blame has been pointed in his direction and denied that Feeney had been suffering from the problem prior to the 2-0 defeat in Podgorica.

“Warren Feeney never said anything to any of our medical people about having a problem with his groins, so Paul Dickov’s got that one wrong,” said Worthington.

“As far as I was concerned Warren was fine. He took part in every training session and at that stage he never mentioned his groins.

“The only time that it came up was towards the end of the game when he said he was feeling it, but not before.”

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