Manchester United target Ilkay Gundogan has been ruled out of this summer's World Cup.
The 23-year-old has not played a competitive game since injuring his back during Borussia Dortmund's opening game of the season.
It was originally thought that Gundogan, who was also attracting interest from Real Madrid, could make a return to Dortmund's first team in time to prove his fitness to Germany national team boss Joachim Low.
However it has today been confirmed that Gundogan will miss the prestigious tournament in Brazil as he has failed to recover from the injury that has seen him miss the last eight months of the season.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, speaking to reporters, said on Gundogan: "Ilkay will not play at the World Cup.
"It is very hard for him to deal with. His back is better, it is all good, but it takes time to recover completely. We just have to wait."
News of Gundogan's failure to recover from his back injury is likely to deter Manchester United from making a summer move for the former Nurnberg playmaker.
Reports had suggested Manchester United manager David Moyes was lining up a £25million move for Gundogan, however the Scotsman is likely to scupper his initial plans.
The former Everton boss will instead make a move for Gundogan's international teammate Toni Kroos.