Bulgaria coach Plamen Markov has rejected claims from Manchester City boss Mark Hughes that he took risks with Martin Petrov's fitness.
Petrov is facing a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in last week's World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
The winger limped off in the first half after aggravating a knee injury which he had only just recovered from.
Hughes was unhappy that Petrov was asked to play in two World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Georgia after having only made two brief substitute appearances for City after over a month out with hamstring and knee trouble.
Markov has hit back at Hughes's critcism insisting Petrov was fit to play in both games.
"Martin had no complaints before the match," Markov told Bulgarian Darik radio. "I see no logic in not fielding him."