Germany man Mario Gomez was understandably gutted when he was left off of Germany's provisional World Cup squad.
After the forward was unseated at Bayern Munich and moved to Fiorentina, he endured an injury-riddled campaign in Serie A and only made nine appearances in Italy's top flight.
An emotional Gomez left a classy, heartfelt message on his Facebook page wishing his team-mates the best of luck over the summer.
So ... now the World Cup. After the [Italian] championship and the [Coppa Italia] final, I even miss the World Cup.
It was a call from the coach that hurt. Until recently, I believed I'd be fit in time. But, unfortunately, the injuries have set me back again and, in the end, the ugliest season of my career ends with a further setback.
Almost seven months of knee injuries were just too much. That annoys me infinitely!
I shall come back again, as [I've] often done in my career.
This also means that I won't be able to beat the goals record of Ronaldo and Miro [Klose] at the World Cup. I wish [Klose] luck that he manages to get [this] record! Do it, Miro!
But even more important is the fact that this, unfortunately, means that I won't be there when the boys will lift the trophy! I'll keep my fingers crossed and I hope with all my heart that we manage to win the title!
Now I will try to recover well and to be back to full fitness to attack next season and help my team to achieve our goals and, above all, to get back playing football again.
I'd really like to give thanks to my girlfriend, to my family, to my friends, all my athletic trainers, physical therapists and specialists who have always given everything to me during this difficult season.
And finally, of course, our fans! It's amazing and impressive how much they, despite the disappointment that I could not play most of the year, have always supported and pushed me on. You are amazing!
The 28-year-old Gomez has 59 senior caps for Germany and has scored 25 times for Die Mannschaft.
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