RM: Theo Walcott (England)
The desperately unlucky Arsenal man will miss the chance to feature for the first time in a World Cup after injuring his cruciate ligament in the FA Cup against Tottenham in January. England will undoubtedly miss Walcott’s pace, directness and goal-threat.
LM: Bruma (Portugal)
In the tradition of Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo before him, Bruma is a Portuguese winger who is predicted to have a great future ahead of him.
Although the 19-year-old is yet to get a cap for the senior national team, with a ligament injury ruling the Galatasaray man out for the rest of the season that isn’t likely to change any time soon.
CM: Sami Khedira (Germany)
The second Madrid star on the list and someone who has barely featured this season after damaging his cruciate ligament whilst on international duty.
The midfielder has not yet been ruled out, but with competition for places in the German squad so fierce Khedira could struggle to break in even if fit.
CM: Kevin Strootman (Netherlands)
As is becoming something of a theme in this list it is another footballer’s nightmare – anterior cruciate ligament injury – that has ended Strootman’s hopes.
The AS Roma manager Rudi Garcia has asked the team to play well towards the end of the season as tribute to the midfielder, such is the upsetting nature of his problem.