Ex-Manchester United trainee just one of many who lies in the path of over-ambitious Arsenal man.
Above: How Paul Pogba may have reacted to hearing Abou Diaby wants to join him in Brazil
You can't blame a player for having hopes, but Abou Diaby's goal of making France's World Cup squad at this stage certainly seems dreamy.
The Arsenal midfielder stated to France Football: "I have never abandoned the idea to go to the World Cup.
"I have always kept that in a corner of my mind to go on working. As soon as I am back on the pitch, everything is possible."
French boss Didier Deschamps is real fan of the midfielder, who scored France's first goal in World Cup qualification against Finland back in 2012.
He admitted the door was still open for Diaby, but that was back in October. The problem is now, picking Diaby, even on just a whim after a few games - would be a controversial move.
Selecting Diaby would mean he inevitably would take the place of somebody else, a player who has been featuring for his own club all season long and feels they are more deserving of a place based on their efforts across 2013/14.
It is not like France are short on quality midfielders, so even if Diaby went, considering his limited match fitness, it's highly doubtful he'd play.
Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, and Yohan Cabaye are the leading lights, while supporting cast of Moussa Sissoko, Maxime Gonalons and Rio Mavuba have all had decent seasons.
Perhaps most at risk would be Josuha Guilavogui and Etienne Capoue, but neither of whom featured in Deschamps last squad anyway, illustrating the task Diaby has if he is to achieve his dream.