The World Cup gained yet another noticeable injury absentee this week, when it was confirmed that Franck Ribery's back injury would keep him out of the competition.
The Bayern Munich star, voted third best player in the world last year, has been suffering with the problem for a while - and after breaking down during training the decision was made to send him home.
He was swiftly replaced in the French squad by Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, while Remy Cabella later replaced the injured Clement Grenier, but it is the rise of the boy from Obernai that is most interesting.
Just a few seasons ago he was playing in League One, now he is going to the World Cup with France - it is a huge turnaround from the 24-year-old. He was always destined for this charmed international career. He captained France at under-18 level but Southampton's demise became his demise. Similarly their rise has been his.
But Ribery's injury and the opportunity it has afforded Schneiderlin is not great news for interested parties - such as Arsenal.
The Gunners reportedly see him as the perfect replacement for Mikel Arteta, who struggled against the top opposition last season - and would be willing to pay handsomely to bring him to the club. However he is now at the World Cup. He is just the odd poor performance or red card away from playing at the World Cup. An impressive display and Arsenal might have to watch others join the party late - and bump up the price in the process.