Last week Ilkay Gundogan's World Cup chances were written off by his club manager Jurgen Klopp.
What has happened since, is a lot more of a mystery, with him rumoured to be in one of the most unstable places in the world at present.
The Borussia Dortmund star has not played since August thanks to a back injury, and even the prospects of a move to Manchester United have taken a hit.
He is apparently on the move, except his rumoured destination is one nobody saw coming.
German news outlet Sport1 report: "Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan who is long-term injured is being treated in a Russian military hospital in the Crimea."
The region of Crimea is currently the subject of political dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Sport1 do not go into detail regarding Gundogan's trip to the region, adding they have attempted to reach the player's representatives for comment.
It's a bizarre twist in a seemingly never ending injury saga for the midfielder, but perhaps it's a sign of the fact he is becoming increasingly desperate in his bid to step up his fitness.