Ross McCormack has broken his silence on his ugly Aston Villa departure and said his faulty fence did prevent him from training.
The striker was the subject of an epic rant from Villa boss Steve Bruce, who gave an emphatic response when asked about the sudden disappearance of McCormack from the matchday squad.
McCormack, though, believes his excuse for missing training as genuine one as he did not want to risk an injury trying to jump over his fence.
“The fence was taller than me and I’m not 4ft 6in,” McCormack told BBC Sport.
“It was icy and raining. What if I’d rolled my ankle?
“It sounds far fetched but the gate was stuck… I had to wait for the company,” he added.
McCormack added that some reports about his relationship with Bruce have been blown out of proportion.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: “Some of the things have been a bit over the top, borderline embarrassing. It gives the press free rein to make up sheer lies.
“The stuff about the gaffer jumping the fence and us having a blazing row is complete nonsense.”
But he did admit that Bruce made a personal visit to McCormack’s house to check out the facts.
“He came round to have a look at the gates,” said McCormack. “He didn’t stop. He didn’t get out of the car.
“You don’t get much signal in the house so I was standing at the top window on the phone trying to get it fixed and I’ve seen him pull up and drive away.”