KENNY Jackett denied he had fallen out with Liam Trotter after the midfielder was left out of Millwall's squad against Leeds United on Saturday.
Trotter, who had been dropped to the substitutes' bench at Middlesbrough the previous week, did not travel with the Lions to Yorkshire, prompting speculation of a rift within the camp.
But Jackett, speaking after his side's 1-0 loss at Elland Road, said: "People have told me what is being speculated, but there has not been any type of bust-up whatsoever.
"Liam wasn't selected. After the 5-1 defeat to Peterborough last month I felt there were a number of changes I could have made and I did want to look at different combinations.
"It could have been any number of people that dropped out but that's life in football – sometimes it works against you and what's important is what you do about it.
"I wouldn't say Liam is happy to be out of the side but nor should he be. I think the speculation will be led by an agent and in terms of Liam, he has a future here.
"When he comes back, I want him to be on top form and playing at his best, which he is capable of doing. I haven't been disappointed with his reaction in training in the last two weeks.
"At some stage he will come back in and I'm looking for him to be on top form."