The World Cup is the planet's biggest festival of football. No player in their right mind, once qualification is secured, would dream of missing the tournament. Unfortunately for some, fate often has different ideas in the months leading up to the extravaganza.
Absence via injury is always a concern as the World Cup inches closer, and every competition sees a few unlucky souls miss out. But who is fighting right now to regain fitness and beat injury just in time to make the plane to Brazil?