Mesut Ozil was officially listed as a substitute for Germany against Argentina, but there was never any realistic chance him being called upon.
Ozil picked up an ankle injury in the final stages against Leicester City at the weekend, and did not feature in the 4-2 loss to the side Germany beat in the World Cup Final.
After the game, manager Jogi Low gave an update on the Arsenal star, declaring him as 'doubtful' for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the weekend.
Germany have several injury worries with Julian Draxler ruled out with a pulled thigh muscle, while defenders Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are both also doubts, with Low planning on calling up reinforcements.
The situation regarding Ozil is certainly disappointing, for a star who has not been able to get a proper pre-season under his belt and struggled with injuries at the end of last season.
It prompts the question, as to what actually is the best scenario to transpire regarding Ozil, from Arsenal's perspective?
The natural response may be, that Germany release him into the hands of the Arsenal medical staff, who can focus on getting him fit for the match with Manchester City in two weekends time.
Yet there is no guarantee that would happen, and if Ozil was released from the squad, it would indicate the injury is of a more serious nature.
For a player who has looked under-par by his own high standards in the three games he has played for Arsenal this season, a setback is not what is needed.
Arguably a better circumstance to play out, would be for Ozil to regain fitness and feature against Scotland, and get develop his match sharpness and get a confidence boost ahead of a crucial Premier League game for the Gunners.
That would of course cause worry that he has been rushed back, or could suffer a further injury, but if he were to defy the odds and play 90 minutes unscathed, playing a crucial role against the Scots, surely that would be preferable.
The really good news for Arsenal is that Theo Walcott is nearing a return for the Gunners. If Ozil can win his fitness battle, then Gooners may finally get a chance to see the duo link up with Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck for the first time in an attacking quartet which will surely give Manchester City plenty to worry about.